The meaning of “documet” in this context is extremely broad; if we follow Otlet’s definition of a document as anything which can convey information to an observer, the term would seem to cover anything which can have a subject.
By this standard, timbl is a document, but only when someone’s looking.
Ah, the Semantic Web community! Please leave your common sense at the door …
Umm… this borad notion of what can be called a document is quite a bit older than the web; Paul Otlet is considered by many to be the founding father of hypertext.
See: http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~buckland/otlet.html for a lot of useful links (English and French)) ;
See also: http://www.swbv.uni-konstanz.de/depot/media/3400000/3421000/3421308/97_0291.html#A (German).
Shouldn’t a document at least not have its own will? :-)
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