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Re: [UCR] Managing Inter-Organizational Business Policies & Practices: Edited Version.

From: Chris Welty <cawelty@frontiernet.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 14:27:57 -0500
Message-ID: <4411D33D.3040203@frontiernet.net>
To: RIF WG <public-rif-wg@w3.org>

The new draft of this use case is much better, but there are still parts 
in it that border on what I initially objected to.  Again, I think RIF 
is clearly about machine-processable rules.  Of course if people want to 
use it for other things, great, I won't stop them, but these other 
things (like writing regulations or laws) shoudl not influence the 
design of RIF.

Most of the current version is OK, I think, except:

"EU-Rent UK finds some problems in applying the rules. One is that 
sometimes it has to give free upgrades to customers. It wants to have 
one of the rules for insurance tax changed.

For an individual rental, the tax on aggregated insurance is 1.5% of the simple cost of the rental actually paid by the customer (not the price of rental of the upgrade provided)

It provides this to AutoLaw, which will negotiate it with the regulators 
and disseminate the outcome to EU-Rent and its other customers. "

This is precisely what I would live to avoid.  RIF is not a format for 
exchanging legal language between people so that they can negotiate.


"It also has some existing insurance policies in place. They provide 
third-party insurance as an explicit item, and EU-Rent UK cannot get 
refunds on early termination. It asks corporate HQ for rules:

Cost of third-party insurance will be built into the basic cost of each rental, unless there is an alternative insurance already in place"

I do not see how this rule could be implemented in RIF, in particular 
"will be built in".  What is that supposed to mean?  This is not a 
machine processable rule.

What do others think here?

Received on Friday, 10 March 2006 19:28:16 UTC

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