Why do we use the word "protocol"?
james at gatech.edu
Tue Apr 25 08:14:02 EST 1995
Matt Rognlie (uvsmr at Msu.oscs.montana.edu) wrote:
: This has interested me for some time. If you look up the word "protocol" in a
: good dictionary, it has nothing to do with "scientific procedures". Why are we
: using this word, then? Should we rewrite the dictionary or quit using it?
A protocol is an established procedure for conducting formal activity. In this
sense it can be used in the sense of diplomatic protocols, scientific protocol,
social protocol, and telecommunications protocols.
A diplomatic protocol is an established procedure for performing a diplomatic
function (i.e., making formal protests, proposing and ratifying treaties, etc.)
A scientific protocol is an established lab procedure (i.e., SDS-PAGE, etc.)
A social protocol tells you what is and what isn't appropriate dress and
activity at weddings and funerals for different cultures.
A telecommunications protocol is an established method for the exchange of
data packets across networks, etc.
The word is not specific to any particular context and the dictionary should
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