RE: 5.20, need for synonyms

At 12:46 PM -0500 7/31/02, Smith, Michael K wrote:
>Just thought I would add my 2 cents for the record.
>It has taken me a long time, but I have finally figured out that if you want
>to sell something to someone, you make it easy for them to buy.
>We want to sell OWL to the world.  If our readers pick up the OWL documents
>and the first thing they see are multiple owl:, rdf:, and rdfs: prefixes,
>they are likely to think they need to understand 3 things in order to
>understand OWL.  That raises the bar unneccessarily.
>Of course, tools can mitigate this, but the first thing people are going to
>see are our documents.
>I'm not passionate about this.  For me, a symbol is a symbol.  But by the
>same reasoning, substituting for equals shouldn't make our job any harder.
>The issue of interpretation by RDF tools does not seem to me to be hugely
>significant.  I confess I am not familiar with the tool landscape, but
>modifying these systems (the thinest end of the web ontology adoption wave)
>seems trivial.  If the implementors choose not to do so, then they won't be
>able to extract useful RDF information from OWL KBs.  So be it.
>- Mike
>Michael K. Smith, Ph.D., P.E.
>EDS - Austin Innovation Centre
>98 San Jacinto, #500
>Austin, TX  78701
>* phone: +01-512-404-6683

Mike - The other day I went to talk at NASA HQ and met with a bunch 
of folks already using RDF and RDFS.  They had the other perception - 
they thought this meant OWL would mean they had to rewrite all their 
existing stuff for owl tools (until I explained those "sameXXXas" 
statements).  I don't mean for that to be an opinion -- but rather to 
stress that whatever we do we will end up confusing someone - our 
best hope is to make sure our walkthru documents emphasize and 
exemplify whichever the preferred approach is and explain it 
Professor James Hendler
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Maryland Information and Network Dynamics Lab.	  301-405-6707 (Fax)
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Received on Wednesday, 31 July 2002 14:26:26 UTC