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Re: Options we have with respect to the draft charters (i.e., RE: [fwd] Draft charters for work on Semantics for WS)

From: <jeff@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 18:32:22 +0000
Message-ID: <1132857142.43860736eedfb@mail.inf.ed.ac.uk>
To: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@isr.umd.edu>
Cc: public-sws-ig@w3.org

Quoting Bijan Parsia <bparsia@isr.umd.edu>:

> There are *usually* a lot of other factors that must be weighed
> carefully. And turning complaints about complexity into *useful
> actions* is *REALLY* hard. For example, if you offer *inadequate*
> expressivity (since it's "simpler") then you make a lot of people's
> lives harder because they can't directly say what they need to say and
> have to compensate.

A useful action that is often taken is to devise and implement
alternatives and thus gain experience with various possibilities,
rather than try to work it out a priori.

> > we're likely to continue on our present course, which seems to
> > be to make web services
> Er...I thought we were debating the semantic web!

I thought we were talking about web services should involve
the current approach to the semantic web (RDF, OWL, ...);
that naturally involves some discussion of the semantic web.

> >  increasingly complicated and complex.
> But if that's what's required to meet needs...what's the problem?

The costs in cases other than the ones that require the complicated
and complex approach can be too great.

Settling on a complicated and complex approach can also allow
alternatives to be overlooked.  Perhaps the complications and
complexity aren't actually necessary to meet those needs.

-- Jeff
Received on Thursday, 24 November 2005 18:33:07 UTC

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