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[Fwd: Re: LANG: compliance levels]

From: Frank van Harmelen <Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 13:16:51 +0200
Message-ID: <3CC7E5A3.27144CE2@cs.vu.nl>
To: www-webont-wg@w3.org

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Subject: Re: LANG: compliance levels
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 10:22:52 +0100
From: Enrico Motta <e.motta@open.ac.uk>
To: Mike Dean <mdean@bbn.com>, Frank van Harmelen <Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl>
CC: Ziv Hellman <ziv@unicorn.com>, Ian Horrocks <horrocks@cs.man.ac.uk>, herman.ter.horst@philips.com, Peter Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>, Christopher Welty <welty@us.ibm.com>, Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>, Raphel Volz <rvo@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de>, Deborah McGuinness <dlm@ksl.stanford.edu>, www-archive@w3.org, phayes@ai.uwf.edu
References: <200204250020.UAA26338@cam-mbx1.bbn.com>

At 8:20 PM -0400 4/24/2002, Mike Dean wrote:
>Generalizing and going out on limb a bit, I'm concerned that
>we're giving RDF too much sway (ignoring charter issues).
>If WebOnt is successful, I expect most folks will use it
>rather than RDF.  This is typical in layered systems
>(compare the amount of application code written to use
>10baseT, Ethernet datagrams, IP, TCP/UDP, and HTTP which are
>(roughly) successive layers in the ISO OSI Reference Model).
>I'm a bit concerned that we're making decisions that will
>inconvenience millions of future WebOnt users for the sake
>of hundreds of current RDF users.

I very strongly agree with this point and indeed I said  similar 
things at the f2f in Amsterdam.  It is crazy that we are making our 
life difficult by imposing a RDF syntactic compatibility constraint, 
which may only be worth enforcing for a short period anyway. We 
should rather focus on semantic compatibility (and indeed we do!)

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