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ISSUE-5: n-ary datatypes - unimplemented incomplete design

From: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hpl.hp.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 19:52:05 +0000
Message-ID: <4738AEE5.90504@hpl.hp.com>
To: public-owl-wg@w3.org

1) unimplemented

2) no design for declaring n-ary datatypes

To start with the second point:

In the syntax doc
data ranges with arity > 1 are introduced
The only constructs used to produce such datatypes are a URI, or 
DataComplementOf. It refers to the Semantics doc for defns of URIs, but 
only 1-ary datatypes are listed there in.

Essentially, the idea that there is a design for n-ary datatypes is a bluff.

A design would include:
- means for declaring such datatypes
- some predefined datatypes
- means for deciding on sensible selections of datatypes that work well 

As far as I am aware, there are implementations that support many of the 
features of the member submission - however, n-ary datatypes are not 
supported by any od them. This increases my belief that n-ary datatypes 
still requires active research work to take what is, I believe, a 
theoretical design, to turn it into working code.

I do not believe that this WG is the appropriate place for such research.

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