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RE: A note on "non" and "non-"

From: Boris Motik <boris.motik@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 12:54:01 +0100
To: "'Antoine Zimmermann'" <antoine.zimmermann@deri.org>
Cc: "'W3C OWL Working Group'" <public-owl-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <3E214DD939CA458AA134FEA387E2A346@wolf>
Oh, I see. This text does not appear in the Wiki and has indeed been added when
document snapshots were generated. Not much I can do there. Thanks for this
observation -- we'll keep this in mind during the next publication round.

Regards,

Boris

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Antoine Zimmermann [mailto:antoine.zimmermann@deri.org]
> Sent: 22 April 2009 12:52
> To: Boris Motik
> Cc: 'W3C OWL Working Group'
> Subject: Re: A note on "non" and "non-"
> 
> Boris Motik wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > As I said in my previous e-mail, I believe that in American English non-
> words
> > should be written as nonwords. Exceptions to this rule are words that
> contain a
> > hyphen (so you write "non-tree-like" instead of "nontree-like") and words
> that
> > start with an uppercase letter (as you write "non-Unix" instead of
> "nonUnix").
> >
> > The book "BUGS in Writing" by Dupre Lyn
> > (http://www.amazon.com/BUGS-Writing-Revised-Guide-Debugging/dp/020137921X)
> > advocates this tyle, and I believe this to be in line with the Chicago
> Manual of
> > Style.
> 
> Ok, option 1) should have been formulated like this: use a consistent
> rule for choosing between "non-" and "non". I would support the rules
> you use.
> 
> > SS&FS, Direct Semantics, RDF Mapping, XML Syntax, Profiles, and rdf:text
> (i.e.,
> > the documents that I'm an editor of) all use American English and follow the
> > above guideline.
> >
> > I do not understand what "header" you are referring to when you talk about
> > "non-normative formats". If I open the Syntax document and search for "non-
> ", I
> > find only the occurrences that match the exceptions I outlined earlier.
> 
> This sentence appears at the beginning of all HTML documents, before the
> abstract:
> 
> "This document is also available in these non-normative formats: PDF
> version."
> 
> This sentence is probably put there by a script, and therefore it is not
> the responsibility of the editors of the individual documents to change
> it (I guess).
> 
> Regards,
> --
> Antoine Zimmermann
> Post-doctoral researcher at:
> Digital Enterprise Research Institute
> National University of Ireland, Galway
> IDA Business Park
> Lower Dangan
> Galway, Ireland
> antoine.zimmermann@deri.org
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