When deciding on a definition for a specific term, Vernon first conducted a comprehensive search to reveal all available definitions of that term. He then sought consensus concerning the most obvious elements: what do people mean when they use that particular term?
He then rewrote the definition in an attempt to ensure that the meaning is clear and, where possible, how it relates to other terms in the glossary.
Such an explanation of relationships between terms is essential in that it enables readers to form an overall picture of the subject.
The intention is to offer new entrants to the profession a useful starting point. It then becomes relatively easy for individuals to adopt or derive a definition more relevant to their own specific needs.
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