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From: Adrian Walker <adrianw@snet.net>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 14:31:30 -0400
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To: Sören Auer <auer@seas.upenn.edu>
Cc: public-semweb-ui@w3.org

Hi Sören --

You wrote..

>So eventually widgets for representing
>and authoring data on the Semantic Web are also kind of nested:
>A widget for adding a new gene in Gene Ontology for example could
>combine an OWL instance creation widget with widgets for editing RDFS
>annotation properties etc.
>I guess it could be useful for application developers in the Java and
>Web Application World to have reusable sets of generic widgets to create
>domain specific Semantic Web applications, such as Desktop Application
>programmers can rely on "file open", menu or tree widgets. However, the
>challenging part may be the interfacing to the Semantic Web middleware
>behind.

There's a nice quote that may be relevant -- "make things as simple as 
possible, but no simpler than that".

I hate to rain your parade, but I'd guess that another challenging part 
might be actually using something so complicated to write something that 
would be useful at the business or scientific level.

It may be best to do a lot of thinking about how to hide all that 
complexity under something that is easy and intuitive for authors to use.

Our own attempt at this is illustrated e.g. by

   http://www.reengineeringllc.com/demo_agents/GeneSequenceOntology3.agent

but there always ways of improving author-interfaces.

Just some thoughts.                 Best regards,  -- Adrian



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