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RE: n3 wishlist: automatic namespace selection

From: Peter Crowther <peter.crowther@networkinference.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 10:22:28 -0000
Message-ID: <B6F03FDBA149CA41B6E9EB8A329EB12D1AC0D1@vault.melandra.net>
To: "'Sandro Hawke'" <sandro@w3.org>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
> From: Sandro Hawke [mailto:sandro@w3.org] 
> I was thinking there would be no ordering -- if a definition 
> was found in more than one ontology, an error would be 
> reported.  If ontologies were well-behaved in never losing 
> terms, this means at worst one's code
> would produce an error instead of the wrong results.    Is that still
> too dangerous to provide to users?

Another problem is ontologies *gaining* terms - you might suddenly find that
a previously well-behaved system fails simply because someone has introduced
a term to an ontology that has an identical name to one you're already using
(with its default name) in another ontology.  This *will* happen on the
Semantic Web, because people won't be as careful as we would wish about
versioning and never replacing the contents of a particular URL.

		- Peter
Received on Friday, 8 March 2002 05:23:27 UTC

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