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  • From: "Greg FitzPatrick" <gf@medianet.org>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 11:41:38 +0100

<William:plug for = "Protoge-2000">

I have downloaded it, but not yet gotten the chance to try it out.  If it in
anyway helps us in our goal of porting SKiCal/iCal from its current mime
type existence to XML-RDF then we will surely send you flowers.

On the other hand there is something unsettling about your solution to the
"difficulties" being discussed.  I know I was sloppy quoting someone offhand
like that and I am working in the background in order to get an "official"
comment from that person, but we were talking about understanding;

understanding in order to implement
		and not
implementing in order to circumvent understanding

(e.g.  MSFrontpage does not endow the knowledge of the concept of hypertext
on its users - it just creates hypertext)

We are in a process where understanding is essential.  And this process
craves transparency -at least I think it does :-)  while writing this I
started to wonder what the web would have looked like if we had all used
FrontPage and not Notepad. I am not sure.

Yet, in physics there is the process of renormalization, whereas one would
during research, accept minor inconsistencies or even outright wrongs, in
order to carry on in a process, which would eventually lead to an immaculate

Should Protégé be seen as an instrument of renormalization shedding light on
the processes of serializing conceptuality or as the FrontPage of RDF?


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