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From: bob gillis <>
Subject: Re: TMG-L: Sureties for dates
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 17:22:21 -0500


> Lee Hoffman wrote, in part:
> <...... I tend to view sources with partial information (e.g.
> <a year only) as somewhat less reliable than one with full information and
> <assign somewhat lower surety values.
> I find this a very reasonable approach, depending on what sources you are looking at. But a system which automatically downgrades a surety in a mechanical way defeats the purpose of using sureties in the first place, to evaluate the reliability of the data.

As in most features in TMG you can use sureties in a variety of ways.
You can make conventions, as I do, for some fields as date and place for
the srety to indicate how complete the source is on the field. Sureties
are by and for the user who can do what he wants.

bob gillis

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