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RE: UFDTF - who are we writing for

From: Conrad Bock <conrad.bock@nist.gov>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:23:51 -0500
To: "'Jim Hendler'" <hendler@cs.rpi.edu>, <public-owl-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <08c201c83059$810462b0$b3200681@MEL.NIST.GOV>

Jim, et al,

 >  ANSWER 1: Someone like me wants a reference manual
 >   OK, Bijan argued that since users will mainly use OWL 
 >  through tools, they didn't really need to know most of 
 >  this. 

I edit and view files directly alot, and mainly use the reference manual
for this.  And many of the folks who use tools here still look at the
files.  Sometimes they use tools to learn the file format!  For myself,
I learned OWL starting from the file format.

I don't think we need to address tool-specific users, because it opens
alot of other isses.  For example, in my group we use UML class diagram
notation to reach general consensus.  We found Protoge is terrible for
this, because you can't see the interconnections between classes in a
single glance, you need to navigate through alot of graphical frames.
Once the group understands the ontology generally, single users might
Protege or TopBraid to modify it.  All this is very development
process-specific and I don't think we can really address this audience.

Received on Monday, 26 November 2007 18:24:27 UTC

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