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Re: missing bit of RDF for XML people

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2005 15:53:48 -0500
Message-ID: <4203E0DC.8080202@acm.org>
To: Adrian Walker <adrianw@snet.net>
CC: semantic-web@w3.org

Adrian Walker wrote:
> The point of the story is that "data semantics" needs to be supplemented 
> with "application semantics".  One way to do this is to ensure that the 
> "documentation" is expressed in executable English.  ([1] is an attempt 
> to do this.) That way, the business user can go straight to an 
> automatically generated English explanation of the results.

I don't mean this as a slap at the idea of "executable English" per se, 
but a bit more is going to be needed than to simply make "documentation" 
executable (you did well to put "documentation" in quotation marks). 
The idea that anyone could directly execute most of the "documentation" 
*I* see is the scariest thing I've heard in a long time.  Give me a 
place to find a nice, safe cave somewhere before it happens, will you? 
(Or maybe we need monthly "documentation patches"?)

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