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Re: [LC Response] To Frank van Harmelen Re: OWL2 Feedback from Lilly

From: Frank van Harmelen <Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 22:16:18 +0100
Message-ID: <49A5B522.1060205@cs.vu.nl>
To: public-owl-comments@w3.org
CC: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>, STEPHENS_SUSIE_M@LILLY.COM
The essence of your response on the profiles was:

> In any case, the OWL 2 profiles are simply there for those who may be
> interested taking exploiting desirable characteristics of
> implementations of the profiles.  If one does not care about these,
> there is no need to consider the profiles at all.  The Primer document
> discusses the different profiles, and provides some guidance as to which
> profile to use.
> ...
> The OWL WG does not intend to make any changes in response to your
> message, except that the Primer is still not in Last Call and its
> discussion on profiles may be improved in response to your concerns.

Complex parts of a W3C spec are never "simply there for those who are 
interested" with "no need to consider them at all" for those who do not 
care. The profiles add significantly to the cost of understanding and 
explaining of OWL2, and I dearly hope that much better guidance will be 
given on which profile to use when, in a way that does not significantly 
heightens the adoption barrier.

I shall let the matter rest because I am living in this hope for the final 
version of (at least) the Primer.

Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl              http://www.cs.vu.nl/~frankh
Department of AI, Faculty of Sciences,  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
de Boelelaan 1081a, 1081HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
tel (+31)-20-598 7731/7483 fax (+31)-84-221 4294

Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl		http://www.cs.vu.nl/~frankh
Working on the Large Knowledge Collider	http://www.LarKC.eu
Received on Wednesday, 25 February 2009 21:17:00 UTC

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