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NAME: SWOL versus WOL

From: Dieter Fensel <dieter@cs.vu.nl>
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2001 17:45:48 +0100
Message-Id: <5.0.2.1.0.20011225172847.02bb1060@top.cs.vu.nl>
To: WOL <www-webont-wg@w3.org>
Cc: dieter@cs.vu.nl
Dear all,

given the email history there are two name candidates for the language we 
are working
on. One proposal was WOL and Peter started to use SWOL, however, it was never
really discussed. I think that SWOL is not such a good name as WOL, mainly
for two reasons:

	1. Three letter acronyms work much better (e.g., RDF, XML, UML, OIL, and
	WWW)
	
	2. The semantic web will have been a success when it will be THE WEB.
	Then, nobody will longer call it the semantic web in case it is this success.
	That means, SWOL seems to anticipate its failure.

On the other hand, I think WOL is a perfect name. It is short, easy to 
memorize, and
has with Web, Ontologies, and Language all the three essential elements it 
combines.
Names should not try to be too complete and detailed (quite different from 
the formal
semantics of the language).

I do not know how fruitful we can discuss this issue via email? Anyway we 
should
start to wonder about the logo.

Greetings,

Dieter

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