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Question:
I am writing a project for 4th graders using telecommunications. I de- scribed Mosaic as a multimedia relational database, but I have noticed some journalists refer to it as software. Is it the software that runs a bulletin board system, or is it a new type of bulletin board system?



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Mosaic consists of at least one executable file, therefore it is referred to as software. Obviously it is much more than just the program, there are lots of supporting data files so your description seems appropriate as well.

Gregory R Bradburn


Also, I do not think it is a relational database. The "database" is the array of documents available on the world-wide-web (and by anonymous ftp and other methods) - mosaic is just a front-end to all this information. And it does not have the "relational" capabilities usually available - for example, searching for specific information requires either somebody to have already done the searching for you and put it up in their own document (in which case you somehow have to know that document exists) or requires a robot which has nothing to do with mosaic. Mosaic, in other words, is incapable of even the most elementary searches beyond simple browsing. It is good at browsing though.

A Smith


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