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S&AS stylistic comment

From: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 15:27:00 +0100
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I had one editorial/stylistic comment from January that I feel is pertinent
at this stage; it concerns section 4.

L: introduction
I think this could be improved with additional text along the lines of:
OWL DL has semantics defined over the abstract syntax
and a concrete syntax consisting of a subset of RDF graphs.
Hence it is necessary to relate specific abstract syntax ontologies
with specific RDF/XML documents and their corresponding graphs.
This section defines a many-to-many relationship between
abstract syntax ontologies and RDF graphs. This is done
using a set of nondeterministic mapping rules.
Thus to apply the semantics to a particular RDF graph it is necessary
to find one of the abstract syntax ontologies that correspond with that
graph under the mapping rules and to apply the semantics to that
abstract ontology.
The mapping is designed so that any of the RDF/XML graphs
that correspond to a particular abstarct ontology have the same meaning,
as do any of the abstract ontologies that correspond to a
particular RDF/XML graph.
Moreover, since this process cannot be applied to RDF graphs
that do not have corresponding abstract syntax forms, the mapping
rules implicitly define a set of graphs, which syntactically
characterise OWL DL in RDF/XML.
Since running the mapping rules backwards is difficult
an alternative syntactic characterization of OWL DL in RDF graphs
is also given.

That's it - I have now completed a rapid re-review of S&AS.

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