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RE: LANG: need to CLOSE Issue 5.6 Imports as magic syntax

From: Massimo Marchiori <massimo@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 16:15:07 +0100
To: "Jeff Heflin" <heflin@cse.lehigh.edu>, "Jim Hendler" <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Cc: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>, <www-webont-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NGBBJNKIMLOPPCFHEJEMCEOJDAAA.massimo@w3.org>

> Jim (and others)
> 
> Those of you who read my discussion with Tim should realize that the
> solution he proposed was that if a document mentions a term from a
> namespace, that the statements from that namespace should be merged with
> the document when processing (essentially this an implict imports). I
> admitted that in the example I described, this would work (but only as a
> workaround, it would force people to design ontologies in a certain way
> to take advanatage of this behavior). Note, though to have any semantic
> interoperability, this behavior would have to be stated as <em>part of
> our semantics.<em> If we chose to do this, then it would also have the
> side effect that we would then not be able to add on the ability to
> "import parts of ontologies" because by default, simply mentioning a
> term from an ontology implicitly imports the whole thing.

While an easy and effective trick, I would be uncomfortable with Tim's solution. 
This has been already touched on in 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-webont-wg/2002Sep/0456.html

-M
Received on Thursday, 31 October 2002 10:15:56 GMT

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