"above" or "below" in inheritance


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Posted by Eric Newman on April 03, 2001 at 13:48:27:

I'm fairly confused about the terminology referring to inherited and base classes as "above" and "below".
I thought, considering the word "base", that the base class is at the bottom, and derived class would be considered "above" the base class.
The diagrams in the notes and in Stroustup's book show the base class at the top, however. Which would indicate the base class as being "above" the derived classes. That seems a bit backwards to me, again considering the definition of the word "base".
Thank you for any help..




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