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Re: tests and inference?

From: Kendall Clark <kendall@monkeyfist.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 10:28:25 -0500
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: "Thompson, Bryan B." <BRYAN.B.THOMPSON@saic.com>, andy.seaborne@hp.com, RDF Data Access Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>, "Bebee, Bradley R." <BRADLEY.R.BEBEE@saic.com>
Message-ID: <20041216152825.GA27356@monkeyfist.com>

On Thu, Dec 16, 2004 at 09:19:31AM -0600, Dan Connolly wrote:
> 
> On Thu, 2004-12-16 at 10:09 -0500, Kendall Clark wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 16, 2004 at 09:02:13AM -0600, Dan Connolly wrote:
> > 
> > > How about adding...
> > > 
> > >   "The dataset gives the exact graph against which the query is
> > >   evaluated (no further inference is used to determine the
> > >   input graph)."
> > 
> > Better: "The dataset gives the precise graph against which the query
> > is to be evaluated: inference must not be used to determine or modify
> > the input graph."
> 
> That's a misuse of "must not", IMO. We don't write
> "the sum of 2 and 2 must be 4"; we just
> write "the sum of 2 and 2 is 4".

"Must not" expresses the prohibition in perfectly ordinary
English. There is no prohibition re: arithmetic. Bad analogy.

But I'm not the editor, who's free to use whatever language he
prefers.

> Also, graphs aren't mutable.

Huh?

Kendall
Received on Thursday, 16 December 2004 15:29:58 GMT

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