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LANG: frames and frame terminology

From: <herman.ter.horst@philips.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 17:52:53 +0200
To: www-webont-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF8B0568A0.6BC4F790-ONC1256B9E.00555713@diamond.philips.com>
At the f2f in Amsterdam it seems to have been agreed that the two parts of 
OWL under discussion
will no longer be distinguished in terms of the frame notion.

(The reasons for this do not seem to have been archived. Here is my 
summary
of the discussion:
The essential aspect of frames being used is the possibility to combine 
all information on
a class together in one definition.
This is no difference between the core version and the full version: with 
both versions (in the
abstract syntax under discussion) you can do that.
Also, as noted in the Annotated Example document for OWL, it is essential 
in the Web context
to be able to separate information on a class in different definitions.)

In line with this, I am in favor of eliminating all frame terminology from 
OWL.

There was a proposal by Jonathan to rename "slots" to "properties".
I second this proposal.

Just like RDFS, OWL just involves classes and properties (i.e., 
mathematically speaking,
sets and binary relations) and it is attractive to have the simplest 
possible terminology.

Herman ter Horst
Philips Research
Received on Wednesday, 17 April 2002 11:55:53 GMT

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