metaclasses vs. inheritance

David LeBlanc whisper at
Fri Jun 28 21:23:47 CEST 2002

> PS - what's the antonym of meta?

Mundane I think.

This might also shed some light (from

<philosophy> /me't*/ or /may't*/ or (Commonwealth) /mee't*/ A prefix meaning
one level of description higher. If X is some concept then meta-X is data
about, or processes operating on, X.

For example, a metasyntax is syntax for specifying syntax, metalanguage is a
language used to discuss language, meta-data is data about data, and
meta-reasoning is reasoning about reasoning.

Dave LeBlanc
Seattle, WA USA

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