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issue 5.10: a position statement

From: Peter F. Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 2002 10:07:16 -0400
To: www-webont-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <20020704100716B.pfps@research.bell-labs.com>

I feel that there are really two different positions on issue 5.10
(DAML+OIL semantics are too weak).

The first position is that what matters most is getting the entailments
correct for OWL.  This position would support entailments like 
	John belongs to the intersection of Student and Employee
	entails
	John belongs to the intersection of Employee and Student
and many other natural entailments.

The second position is that what matters most is making OWL have the exact
same syntax as RDF and have its semantics be an extension of the RDF
semantics.  This position would support entailments only if they can be
done without disturbing this compatability.

I find the first position by far the most compelling.  I cannot understand
why OWL should be potentially crippled by forcing it into a overly-strict
compatability with RDF.

peter
Received on Thursday, 4 July 2002 10:07:25 GMT

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