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Re: ACTION-93 (Full semantics): Short report about current state

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:15:26 +0100
Message-ID: <47D7AD3E.4050205@w3.org>
To: Michael Schneider <schneid@fzi.de>
CC: public-owl-wg@w3.org


I was just wondering... maybe it would be helpful to add a more explicit 
RDF syntax into the document. It may help the reader.

As an example, I looked at the sub property chain[1]; I guess what you 
describe there as a possible syntax can be translated into RDF/XML and 
turtle as:

   <owl11:subObjectPropertyChain rdf:parseType="Collection">
     <rdf:Description rdf:about="#p1"/>
     <rdf:Description rdf:about="#p2"/>
     <rdf:Description rdf:about="#pn"/>
   <rdfs:subPropertyOf rdf:resource="#q"/>

   owl:subObjectPropertyChain (<#p1> <#p2> ... <#p3>);
   rdfs:subPropertyOf <#q>

which looks pretty intuitive to me syntax-wise...

By the way, on the very same page, you raise the possibility for an 
alternative syntax, namely:

q owl11:subObjectPropertyChain ( p_1 ... p_n )

ie, in Turtle:

<#q> owl11:subObjectPropertyChain (<#p1> <#p2> ... <#pn>) .

At first glance this looks more compact but it might be 
counter-intuitive. Indeed, we already have, from RDFS

<#a> rdfs:subPropertyOf <#b>

In the latter, <#a> is the 'sub' and <#b> is the 'super'. On the other 
hand, in the syntax above, <#q> is the 'super' and, well, the chain is 
the 'sub':-( This may lead to errors...


[1] http://www.w3.org/2007/OWL/wiki/FullSemanticsSubPropertyChains

Michael Schneider wrote:
> Hi WG!
> My ACTION-93 is to initiate the creation of semantics for OWL-1.1-Full. 
> Since last week, the sub-Wiki for the Full development was further enhanced.
> You can find its entry page at
>   <http://www.w3.org/2007/OWL/wiki/Full>
> In the meanwhile, four categories of the new language features in OWL-1.1
> have been finished, which means that they are, in principle, ready for
> review by the WG. For a large fraction of the remaining categories work has
> started this week. I hope to finish a few of them until the end of the week.
> Cheers,
> Michael
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