Re: OWL 2 SS&FSS spec. editorial errors, comments

Dear Jonathan,

Thank you for your comment
on the OWL 2 Web Ontology Language last call drafts.

We have changed "side-effect" to "side effect" -- see [1].

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Ian Horrocks
on behalf of the W3C OWL Working Group


On 16 Sep 2009, at 01:42, Jonathan Rees wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 6:57 PM, Ian
> Horrocks<> wrote:
>> Regarding "side-effect", the hyphenated form is in the OED [2], so  
>> we didn't
>> change it.
> I'm sorry, but this is just wrong, regardless of what the OED says.
> Check any manual of style and you'll learn that while hyphens are used
> to form compound adjectives and adverbs, they are not used for
> compound nouns (or at least not since the 19th century). In this case
> there are many lines of evidence that "side effect" is correct. I
> suggest you check the Wikipedia or US GPO manuals of style (both
> online), or 
> hyphen-in-spelling-1
> , for expositions of the general principle. For an indication of
> prevailing practice see the Wikipedia entry for "side effect", or do a
> Google search for "side effect".  An amusing example is
> ...
> Jonathan

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