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Re: Approaching an XML syntax for RIF --> other

From: Christian de Sainte Marie <csma@ilog.fr>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 14:21:43 +0100
Message-ID: <45BF4667.5070107@ilog.fr>
To: Paul Vincent <pvincent@tibco.com>
CC: Dave Reynolds <der@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, public-rif-wg@w3.org

Paul Vincent wrote:
> 
> It seems to me that one way for RIF "widespread adoption" implies the need for XML domain specific languages to adopt RIF for validation and behaviour rules (for example vis a vis ACORD SPX, or MISMO BREW) amongst others. In these cases:
> - some industry body has already specified the XML schema (/class model)
> - RIF statements will need to be defined, in some tool, to conform with said schema
> - an XML syntax for RIF rules will need to accommodate compatibility with an existing schema.
> 
> This implies at least a step 4 below - for example -
> 4.  Verify the RIF output against any source definition of terms and facts used in the rule expressions. 

Paul, you are thinking of the application's data model, right?

That is, the model for the application data (or references to 
application data) that makes the payload of the interchanged RIF rules, 
and that the two sides in an interchange must share (and agree on its 
interpretation) for the rules to have the same meaning for both parties 
(in addition to a common understanding of the semantics of the rules) 
(see picture 2 in the processing models section of UCR [1]).

E.g., for the condition in Harold's example to be actually 
interchangeable between applications, the interchanging parties would 
need to agree on the definitions of 'purchase' as a predicate and of 
'book' as a function, in most cases including a specification of the 
types of the arguments etc.

We never really discussed how RIF relates to that shared data model 
(although this is related to the discussion wrt data models as 
constraints), but we are probably coming close to a point where we will 
need to do so.

Paul's question/comment, as I understand it, is wrt the fact that some 
industry already have developed and agreed on a common data model for 
sharing data (or are in the process of doing so), e.g. in the form of an 
XML Schema, and that they will want to be able to use that shared data 
model for the payload of the rules they need to interchange, and that 
this is likely to be a strong argument in favor or against adoption of RIF.

Christian

[1] 
http://www.w3.org/2005/rules/wg/wiki/UCR/Usage_Scenarios_and_Processing_Models?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RIFprocessingmodel.png
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