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RE: Where are the semantics in the semantic Web?

From: Drew McDermott <drew.mcdermott@yale.edu>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 15:34:35 -0500
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To: public-sws-ig@w3.org

> [Shi, Xuan]
> But where are your viewpoints and suggestions to my discussion in
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-sws-ig/2005Nov/0089.html

I think your proposals make perfect sense.  You want to replace WSDL
descriptions with descriptions of web services with standard names and
standard argument-result protocols. But then you then went on to argue
that anyone who wants to explore levels "above" or "below" yours is
misguided. "Below" means sticking with the WSDL framework; "above"
means standardizing on a declarative vocabulary that would allow
descriptions of the expected effects of invoking a web
service. "Below" is no good because it doesn't even try to say what a
web service does; "above" is no good because it's impossible to
standardize declarative vocabularies -- their semantics is too

You may be right about the appropriate level to standardize on, but I
don't see how we can settle the matter a priori.


                                         -- Drew McDermott
                                            Yale University
                                            Computer Science Department
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