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Fwd: WebOnt response to your issue timbl-03

From: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 14:19:13 +0100
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>To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
>From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
>Subject: WebOnt response to your issue timbl-03
>Cc: webont <www-webont-wg@w3.org>, dave.beckett@bristol.ac.uk
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>  The Web Ontology Working Group was asked for our opinion on your issue 
> timbl-03, the removing of seemingly redundant rdf:list triples in various 
> places.
>  Our WG discussion (minutes in [1]) centered on two issues - First, we 
> tried to decide whether this would "break" our design in the sense of 
> causing us significant technical work and require opening new issues or 
> reopening existing ones. Second, we discussed whether this change would 
> be consistent with the design goals of OWL and with the current language 
> design.
>  Our WG did not reach strong consensus on either of the above, but did 
> seem to feel that while it was probably the case that removing rdf:list 
> would not break our design, it would cause our group to do extra work and 
> would conflict with some of the aspects of our current design.
>   In particular, a number of places in our documents we would have to say 
> things like
>    "ALL ?x (except for rdf:list - see <link>) MUST have a ?y"
>which would also mean implementors would have to have appropriate checks 
>in their code in multiple places - making it marginally more complex.
>  Thus, it appears to be the case that our WG would be happiest with the 
> status quo and generally prefers that you not make the change, but we 
> would probably not file an objecting comment on behalf of the WG if the 
> change was made.
>  Putting it more informally in WG terms -- if I had to represent my 
> group's opinion I would vote against during a straw poll, but abstain (as 
> opposed to objecting) if it went to a vote.
>  - Jim Hendler on behalf of WebOnt WG.
>[please feel free to point to this message in your group's email, I didn't 
>want to crosspost so as to keep followup threads separate]
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