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DAML+OIL documentation ambiguous?

From: Matt Halstead <matt.halstead@auckland.ac.nz>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 12:40:18 +1200
Message-ID: <3ECD6DF2.9080401@auckland.ac.nz>
To: www-rdf-logic@w3c.org

from http://www.daml.org/2001/03/daml+oil-walkthru#restrictions


The next few lines describe a class-specific range restriction. In 
particular, the parent of a Person is also a Person.

      <daml:onProperty rdf:resource="#hasParent"/>
      <daml:toClass rdf:resource="#Person"/>

What happens here is that the Restriction defines an anonymous class, 
namely the class of all things that satisfy the restriction. In this 
case: the class of all things whose parent is a Person. We then demand 
that the class Person is a subClassOf this (anonymous) class. In other 
words: we demand that every Person must satisfy this Restriction, which 
in this case amounts to demanding that Persons have only Persons as 
their parents.


This could suggest the default cardinality is 1 in DAML+OIL, perhaps it 
could be made clearer by saying that if a person does have this property 
then it demands....

Hmm, perhaps it is a minimum of 1, come to think of it, I can't find 
where such a notion is explicitly stated.
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