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From: Paul A. Bristow (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-07-02 06:52:53

I just want to second Andrei's call for reference to sources of inspiration.

This is especially important for Boost where fame is often the only reward.

It is also important to restrict potential patent activity by establishing
'prior art'.
There have been many examples of patents case which should never have got
off the ground,
but where proving prior art was difficult even though 'everyone knew it'.

And of course they are a part of documentation most valuable to users.

Full references, such as in academic literature, including ISSB and ISSN
where available,
and Digital Object Identifiers, in preference to transient URL references,
are often thin in Boost documentation.


Dr Paul A Bristow, hetp Chromatography
Prizet Farmhouse
Kendal, Cumbria
+44 1539 561830
Mobile +44 7714 33 02 04

> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]]On Behalf Of Andrei Alexandrescu
> Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2002 9:12 PM
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: [boost] Re: Yet another Variant class

> Also, especially when you copyright some work, it is nice to take the
> time and give credit to other material (copyrighted or not, and
> especially copyrighted) that served you as influence or inspiration. I
> don't know if and to what extent Loki, the original Variant paper, the
> article series in CUJ, or other work, served as a starting point for
> your code, but if they did, it would be nice to mention them.
> Andrei

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