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RE: Type coercing a resource's type?

From: Rinke Hoekstra <rinke@lri.jur.uva.nl>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 13:16:19 +0100
To: "'Jon Hanna'" <jon@spin.ie>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000401c2dbfe$8a19d4c0$d3681291@lri.jur.uva.nl>

| 3. Define a subclass of River SeaRiver. Use OWL to restrict SeaRiver's
| EmptiesInto to have Sea as it's range. In this particular case it doesn't
| seem very sensible (a river empties into whatever it comes across, so
| there
| is no real difference between a sea-river and a river, as far as my
| knowledge of geography tells me), but it can be useful elsewhere.

Actually the French do make this distinction. They distinguish two types of rivers: rivière and fleuve. A fleuve empties into the sea, whereas a rivière empties into another river or into a lake. 

On another note, the last solution mentioned by Jon is the cleanest in my book. The fact that for each of these river "types", a restriction holds as to what they empty into is sufficient ground for the creation of subclasses. Another solution would be to create a class BodyOfWater, of which River, Sea and Lake are subclasses. A River can then emptyInto any BodyOfWater, and the specific body is specified at the instance level. BTW: you wouldn't want to say that the Yangtze empties into Sea (which is a class). You need to keep to your level: specify which instance of Sea it empties into, i.e. the EastChinaSea. 


	Rinke Hoekstra

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