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Re: draft response for 47 / MK1 (discussed in F2F5)

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 14:39:30 +0100
Message-ID: <49A54A12.2060800@w3.org>
To: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
CC: public-owl-wg@w3.org
Maybe worth adding a small example on the usability of non-functional 
keys? My example: I have two passport numbers: one Hungarian and one 
French. Ie, the passport number property should not be functional for 
me, but if I create a key which combines that with my nationality, then 
it works as a (pair) of keys...



Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:
> [Draft Response for LC Comment 47] MK1
> Dear Marijke,
> Thank you for your message
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-owl-comments/2009Jan/0062.html
> on the OWL 2 Web Ontology Language last call drafts.  This response
> addresses the second and third parts of your message. 
> The OWL working group realizes that keys are often functional (and thus
> 1:1).  OWL in general does not have a requirement that properties are
> functional.  Non-functional keys may be useful in some applications, so
> the OWL working group has worries that requiring keys to always be
> functional would interfere with some potential uses of OWL.
> In any case, as you say, properties can be made functional in OWL,
> either locally or globally, and this provides for functional keys.
> Therefore, the OWL working group does not intend to change OWL 2 or to
> make any changes in the OWL 2 document in response to your comment.
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> Regards,
> Peter F. Patel-Schneider
> on behalf of the W3C OWL Working Group 


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