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Re: Issue 5.3

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 19 Sep 2002 10:37:10 -0500
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Cc: www-webont-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <1032449831.2991.4242.camel@dirk>

On Wed, 2002-09-18 at 19:51, pat hayes wrote:
> Heres a non-technical summary of the basic idea of how to resolve 
> issue 5.3 along the lines currently being worked out. I am sending 
> this now in case the issue comes up at the telecon.

Until I see a design document that meets all these promises,
I'm still a little skeptical. But I like the direction here.

In particular:

> 2. The 'weak' meanings of the OWL vocabulary can be given without 
> making any assumptions about the relationship between the OWL 
> universe and the RDFS universe. These meanings correspond roughly to 
> the DAML-style semantics that Peter refers to in issue 5.10, ie they 
> do not incorporate any assumptions about the existence of classes 
> that are not explicitly named. So they do not support many of the 
> 'intuitive' entailments that Peter has pointed out. (Though see 7. 
> below.)


> 4. If one makes additional assumptions about the OWL universe, so 
> that its various parts are disjoint in the ways described in the OWL 
> MT, and that this restricted universe is closed under the various 
> class constructors (such as union/intersection and restrictions) then 
> one gets the 'strong' meanings of full OWL, but on a more restricted 
> universe. This supports a lot more entailments and also allows 
> efficient DL reasoners to work properly, providing a computational 
> guarantee of inferential power, but only on a suitably restricted 
> ('layered') use of the OWL vocabulary. Still, many users may be happy 
> to stay inside the restrictions in order to gain the extra utility.

Oh... and as to...

> Write-up coming soon (Friday).

Here's hoping!

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Thursday, 19 September 2002 11:38:05 UTC

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