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Re: [BLD] Frame without slot/value pair?

From: Christian de Sainte Marie <csma@ilog.fr>
Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2008 20:46:49 +0100
Message-ID: <477E8D29.8090108@ilog.fr>
To: Michael Kifer <kifer@cs.sunysb.edu>
CC: "Boley, Harold" <harold.boley@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca>, RIF WG <public-rif-wg@w3.org>

Michael Kifer wrote:
> [...]  Formulas like t[] are also useful. If they are allowed, their
> semantics is that the object t exists (without testing any of its
> properties).

Hmmm. I wonder how useful it is really.

In order to check the existence of object t, you have to denote it in 
some way: How do you denote an object without either asserting or 
checking its existence already in the process (thus removing any need to 
check it further)?

Actually, the only use I found for a formula like t[] is to allow the 
retraction of an individual without having to allow retracting TERMs as 
well as ATOMICs (in RIF-PRD). But that's a different can of worms...

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