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Re: new names for OWL lite/fast/large

From: tim finin <finin@cs.umbc.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 10:51:26 -0400
Message-ID: <3DB2C2EE.8030207@cs.umbc.edu>
To: www-webont-wg@w3.org

Jim Hendler wrote:
 > ...
> One thing I've learned in interacting with people about"The Web Ontology 
> Language, OWL" is that on the web, being cute is a bad idea. People in 
> the business world have little or no humor when it comes to this stuff.  
> Let's try hard not to be "funny" and risk either the language being 
> ignored as a toy or the language developers renaming it to what THEY 
> think are good names.
> ...
> They felt one of our versions should just be called OWL, it will make it 
> easier for them to sell "OWL" projects - they didn't care too much which 
> - if Fast Owl is called OWL, they would prefer the "bigger" one be 
> called Plus or Full or something positive, if the other way (which they 
> slightly preferred) they actually liked DL (or Description Logic) 
> ...

Good advice, I am sure.  Following another common commercial naming scheme might
result in the following:

   OWL lite
   OWL professional or OWL pro

and we can remain silent about the target profession for the
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