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Re: Properties not predicates (was Re: PRIMER: draft data model section)

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 10:34:23 -0400
Message-ID: <3BD42E6F.1030201@mitre.org>
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
CC: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
I'd support this motion, with "properties" being my preferred term. 
While we're at it, I assume we're still happy with "subject" and 
"object" as names for the other parts of triples?


Pat Hayes wrote:

>> Frank:
>> I called it a "predicate" because that's the term used in the M&S.  If
>> we've changed it officially, I must have missed it (where would this be
>> documented?).
> OK, let me make this a formal suggestion for an item.
> PROPOSED that:
> The things called 'predicates' in the M&S shall henceforth be called 
> 'properties' (preferred) or 'relations'.
> This is in line with the standard usage in the description logic, 
> database and formal logic communities, and is used in the DAML+OIL 
> documentation. The term 'predicate' is deprecated as potentially 
> misleading, since properties are not predicates in the sense that word 
> is usually used in formal logic.
> Pat

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