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command grammar

A command grammar is a list of sentences or sentence fragments, typically verb phrases, that command.

In the army of the USSR in the 1970s and early 1980s, raw recruits were taught only seven words of Russian. There was no word for "retreat", and, one of the seven was a special cheer for use when capturing American canned food.

Much more sophisticated command grammars apply in NATO - the US Army in particular has formalized the CALS system to self-organize instructional capital that is used in the field and acquired during field operations.

In the context of wiki software all control verbs are part of a command grammar. Though a mediawiki-based service and tikiwiki-based service will vary the terms used somewhat, they are remarkably consistent on core elements, e.g. what it means to "edit", "save", "browse", or see "history" or "changes". While these terms build on a 30 year history of standard command grammars of the Xerox Star, Apple MacOS, Microsoft Windows, web browser and large public web service name precedents, wiki seems to have simplified them all:

Some argue that wiki works because it minimizes the special power of administrators and encourages very minimal administrator guidelines, and encourages an equal power relationship once these guidelines are well established. Reflexivity extends this principle to its logical conclusion, letting all LP controls for instance be potentially editable directly by all users - at least for themselves - a reflexive command grammar.

A reflexive intranet and ultra-reflexive intranet absolutely require reflexive capabilities of this kind.