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ISSUE-180: Last Call Comment: PFWG: skosxl:Label class (part 1)

From: Alistair Miles <alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 09:42:26 +0000
To: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>
Cc: public-swd-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20081106094225.GR12933@skiathos>

Dear Al,

Thank you for your detailed and helpful comments. In response to the
comment below:

On Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 09:54:57AM +0000, SWD Issue Tracker wrote:
> ISSUE-180: Last Call Comment: PFWG: skosxl:Label class
> http://www.w3.org/2006/07/SWD/track/issues/180
> Raised by:  Everyone
> On product: All
> Raised by Al Gilman on behalf of PFWG in [1]:
> """
> Re Appendix A.2. The skosxl:Label Class
> The new “label framework” goes in the right direction, but does not  
> go far enough.
> The skos:hiddenLabel property is considered to be useful for  
> accessibility-related use cases (where misspellings may occur).
> The new properties skos:prefLabel and skos:altLabel  conflict with  
> dc:title.  In fact, these properties co-exist in examples of the SKOS  
> reference.  Guidance is missing as to when to use the skos-defined  
> label properties, and when to use dc:title.

In the SKOS Reference [2], the only time dc:title is used is in the
example in section 1.3, where it is used to give the title of a
concept scheme. The properties skos:prefLabel or skos:altLabel are
never used with concept schemes, only with concepts.

Similarly, the SKOS Primer consistently uses dc:title to give the
title of a concept scheme, and skos:prefLabel/skos:altLabel to label
concepts. The use of dc:title and dc:creator to describe a concept
scheme is described in section 2.5 of the SKOS Primer [3]:

The following example shows how to define a concept scheme
resource (representing a thesaurus) and to describe that resource
using the dc:title and dc:creator properties from Dublin Core [DC]:

ex:animalThesaurus rdf:type skos:ConceptScheme;
  dc:title "Simple animal thesaurus";
  dc:creator ex:antoineIsaac.

Is this sufficient, or would you like to see further clarification?

Kind regards,


[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-swd-wg/2008Oct/0063.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-skos-reference-20080829/
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-skos-primer-20080829/

Alistair Miles
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Image Bioinformatics Research Group
Department of Zoology
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University of Oxford
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