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Re: General discussion for TC Wednesday

From: Peter F. Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:35:53 -0400 (EDT)
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To: alanruttenberg@gmail.com
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From: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Subject: General discussion for TC Wednesday
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 02:16:59 -0400


> An issue I know to be outstanding re: the Primer is the use of
> Manchester syntax. Please give some thought to whether you think this is
> a good or bad idea, and why and be prepared to defend your position.


> -Alan

Three chunks of information about the "Manchester Syntax".

1/ There is a paper at OWLED2008DC describing the current Manchester
   syntax.  There was also a paper on the original Manchester syntax at

2/ There is no bar to making the Manchester syntax be a WG note.  In
   fact, I have put a copy of the Manchester syntax document in the WG
   wiki at 

3/ The examples in the primer are rendered in four different syntaxes,
   Manchester, Functional-Style, OWL XML, and RDF/XML.  Each can be
   turned on and off separately.  Protege 4 was used to generate the
   different syntaxes, starting from the same ontology in Protege 4.
   The complete ontologies are on the WG Wiki at 
   However, the versions in the document have be extensively edited, and
   also modified to fix several bugs in Protege 4.  The probably would
   not read back into Protege 4 or any other OWL 1.1 tool.  (If you do
   try this and can fix the files, please do so, but only if you also
   change the Primer document itself.)  Before final publication the
   examples will have to be fixed to be completely correct.


PS: I *finally* found something that works well in the Wiki!  (Quel
    surprise!) The Primer includes the ontology files by pointing to
    them, so there need not be two copies of the full ontologies.  I
    hope that this doesn't cause Sandro too many problems if and when
    the Primer is published.
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