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[LC Response] To Taylor Cowan

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 12:47:22 +0100
Message-ID: <49A52FCA.20308@w3.org>
To: taylor_cowan@yahoo.com
CC: public-owl-comments@w3.org
Dear Taylor,

Thank you for your comment
 
<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-owl-comments/2009Feb/0003.html>
on the OWL 2 Web Ontology Language last call drafts.

Unfortunately, your comment is based on our fault in not conveying the 
message clearly enough. The technical fact is that there is _no_ change 
whatsoever between OWL 1 and OWL 2 in terms of the role of RDF in the 
structure of OWL 2.

Both in the case of OWL 1 and OWL 2 the structure of OWL is defined via 
a generic syntax (referred to as "Abstract Syntax" in OWL 1, and 
"Functional Syntax" in the case of OWL 2) and there is a standard 
mapping on how the abstract structure can be mapped onto RDF and back. 
The two available semantics for the OWL constructs are the direct and 
RDF based semantics. This overall structure has _not_ changed from OWL 1 
to OWL 2. Furthermore, section 2.1 of the Conformance and Test Cases[1] 
document states that the only _required_ exchange syntax among OWL 2 
tools is RDF, more specifically RDF/XML. The situation has not changed 
compared to OWL 1 in this respect either.

The confusion may come from two facts:

    1. the OWL/XML syntax, which was published as a note[2] for OWL 1, 
is now on Recommendation track (although this does not change its role 
in terms of exchange syntax)
    2. the RDF based semantics has not yet been published as a Last Call 
document. This was only a matter of timing; the plan is to have both 
semantics (and all other documents) published as Recommendations.

All that being said, the Working Group recognizes that this issue may 
lead to confusion, as witnessed by a number of comments that expressed 
the same concerns as yours. The group will take appropriate steps in 
conveying this information better by, eg, including multi-syntax formats 
into the Structural Specification and Functional-style Syntax document, 
or making the situation clearer in the appropriate status sections. 
Details of these steps are not yet decided at this time; you can, 
however, look at a new Document Overview[3] page that the group is 
currently working on.

[1] 
http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-owl2-test-20081202/#Conformance_.28Normative.29

[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/owl-xmlsyntax/

[3] http://www.w3.org/2007/OWL/wiki/Document_Overview

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Regards,
Ivan Herman
on behalf of the W3C OWL Working Group



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