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a first tilt at the strawman

From: Anthony Finkelstein <anthony@systemwire.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 19:13:47 +0100
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To: public-rule-workshop-discuss@w3.org

I want to express some reservations as to the general strategy 
proposed by Benjamin Grosof. I do not believe that the answer to rule 
language interoperability is to create, as is implied in the 
strawman, a metalanguage. I think there are simpler and more 
pragmatic ways forward that have to do with standardising the ways in 
which rules are referenced, assembled into rule sets and made 
available to reasoning engines. These should be our first point of 
attack if we are genuinely concerned with interoperability. Almost 
inevitably, given the demanding technical issues, a logical 
metalanguage risks either academic abstraction or excluding major 
parts of the picture.

In any event I am going to put a strong plea, as I did at the 
workshop to ensure that the scope of the initiative includes the 
handling of constraints an important sub class of rules.



Anthony Finkelstein
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