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???: changing terminology used in OWL from individual to object

From: Peter F. Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2002 09:32:15 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <20020907.093215.99221194.pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
To: www-webont-wg@w3.org

Pat Emery makes the following comment about our use of ``individual''.

From: "Emery, Pat" <pemery@grci.com>
Subject: OWL working drafts - feedback
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2002 22:27:19 -0400 
[...] 
> The use of Individual for "objects that belong to classes" while
> semantically correct leads very easily to confusion with its definition
> pertaining particularly to people.  The confusion is further reinforced by
> the use of people in the examples in the Feature Synopsis.  I favor the use
> of the word "Object" but other potential words to use instead of Individual
> are: Item, Thing, Entity, Occurrence, Singleton, Solitare.
[...]

I am sympathetic to this concern.  Perhaps we could change to Object, as
Pat Hayes has already partly done in his semantics document.

Can we discuss this at the next telecon?

peter
 
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