Semantic Zooming, Oh, I Thought You Said Semantic Zoning.

Just the usu­al read­ing too quick­ly this a.m. and I got seman­tic zon­ing instead of seman­tic zooming.

On reflec­tion seman­tic zon­ing may be more use­ful con­cept. Think of semat­ic zon­ing like coun­ty zon­ing. You know, urban plan­ning. Perhaps (?) our clas­si­fi­ca­tion schemes need to be a bit more like a city. Some bits of a city we zone and design for easy, cer­tain, and sure access, like a cen­tral core. Some we let ram­ble a bit like the res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hoods. Some areas we inten­tion­al­ly push toward chaos and sur­prise like parks and gar­dens. How we zone and how rigid­ly we grid an area depends on what peo­ple are like­ly to be doing or seek­ing in each area. The court house and hos­pi­tal, should be imme­di­ate­ly and dis­tinct­ly find­able. The bench under the wil­low in the arbore­tum, not so much.