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Re: [ANN] Working drafts by SW Best Practices group -- request for comments

From: Natasha Noy <noy@SMI.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 11:40:52 -0700
Message-Id: <CCE6BD39-EFB3-11D8-929A-000A958B5C28@smi.stanford.edu>
Cc: "Deborah L. McGuinness" <dlm@ksl.Stanford.EDU>, public-swbp-wg@w3.org
To: Eric Jain <Eric.Jain@isb-sib.ch>

I agree with Deborah and Evan that minimizing the number of triples is 
not something we should care about when discussing good modeling 
practices. Besides, we are not really talking changes in orders of 
magnitude here.
	
>> I think we want to have modeling solutions that we believe represent 
>> good modeling choices that capture the representation and do not
>> introduce additional confusion or complication.
>
> I agree, but do not understand why the proposed alternative (having 
> classes in the hierarchy be instances of some metaclass) is any more 
> confusing or complicated than any of the other solutions. If there are 
> any practical problems with this approach, please let me know, as I am 
> not very familiar with the theory.

There is nothing wrong with having classes in the hierarchy be 
instances of some metaclasses (in fact, i would argue very strongly 
that there are many cases where you would want just that). However, in 
your particular example, you want to represent a specific lion in the 
San Diego Zoo as a class, and that's a problem. A class of what? What 
are instances of this class? etc.

Natasha
Received on Monday, 16 August 2004 18:41:40 UTC

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