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Re: OWL "Sydney Syntax"

From: Kaarel Kaljurand <kaljurand@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 13:13:54 +0100
Message-ID: <161f6fb70611250413m776296a6r2c4ca1eb922b9080@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-owl-dev@w3.org


On 11/22/06, Anne Cregan <annec@cse.unsw.edu.au> wrote:
> Following on from Manchester's lead and the proposed "Manchester Syntax"
> which was presented at OWL-ED 2006,
> there was some discussion as to the possibility of an extension of this
> approach, using whole English sentences with a controlled vocabulary
> to comprise a syntax which is more intuitively natural for non-logicians,
> AND has a precise DL semantics.

what you describe is also one of our goals in the Attempto project
(see: http://www.ifi.unizh.ch/attempto/). We have recently implemented
a program
that converts OWL ontologies into Attempto Controlled English (ACE), see:


This should give an overview of what we think the controlled natural
language for
expressing OWL should be like. Our claim is that an average user can grasp
the contents of an ontology better if it was presented in ACE rather than
visualized by Protege or similar editors. (We haven't done any experiments
yet to back this up.)

There is also a description of how to convert ACE texts into OWL:


I hope this work contributes to your work.
Comments welcome.

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