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Re: [RIF-APS] Rules Sign

From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@nist.gov>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2008 17:10:06 -0400
Message-ID: <48C04EAE.8070802@nist.gov>
To: kifer@cs.sunysb.edu
CC: public-rif-wg@w3.org

Michael,

I can agree with everything you say.  (OK, one caveat below.)

I'm only pointing out that although our job was only to see that the 
missiles go up, some are (rightly) concerned about where they may come down.

you wrote:

> We were NOT chartered to invent a universal syntax for a large number of widely
> used dialects AND make this syntax acceptable to everybody. This is an
> *impossible* task.

I completely agree.

> We were chartered to create an exchange framework and a language to facilitate
> this exchange. If people teach this, they must understand WHAT they are
> teaching.

It was never clear to me that the PS was part of that charter.

You are absolutely right that people who use the PS for instructive 
purposes SHOULD understand WHAT they are teaching.  But we can't 
guarantee "must", and some, perhaps many, won't.  That has been the 
experience in other such activities, e.g. CL, and that is why it was 
carefully avoided in OWL.

> If RIF PS becomes a de facto standard for authoring rules then be it.
> People will just have to accept that it is different in some details from their
> favorite language.

Yes.  Some important details, in fact.

-Ed

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