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   Re: [xml-dev] many-to-many

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> > I have no idea 
> > why I need to have some sort of magical referent to the actual person of the 
> > doctor in my computer in order to file and classify his bill.
> You don't.  You merely need some way of distinguishing assertions about
> the doctor from assertions about *documents* that are about the doctor.

Well, this is the crux of it.  I strongly disagree with you here, and 
everything else we're saying on this matter is just a variation on this 

Perhaps one problem is that I'm not really into the Semantic Web.  I basically 
use RDF as a sort of mulidimentsional DBMS (sort of a more flexible Pick).  I 
have had plenty of opportunity to connect multiple ontologies, but I don't 
build "Web"s.  I'm not that ambitious.

I have never seen the problems that TM folks talk about in "map/territory" 
speeches in individual systems.  Nor have I seen such problems when connecting 
separately designed systems.  Perhaps it takes more orders of magnitude of 
connectivity before such problems become tangible, but I have a feeling that 
*computer resource* scalability will become a problem in such systems far 
before ontological "scalability".  Given that these supposed problems seem so 
improbable in practice, I'm certainly not going to put myself through a model 
as complex as that of TM,.  I just can't find that it's demonstrably 
necessary.  The funny thing in all these is that most practical applications 
of TM I've heard of have been closed systems, so I'm not sure why designers of 
those systems feel they need to deal with the complexity.  But again, to each 
his own.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net    http://4Suite.org    http://fourthought.com
The open office file format  - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/librar
Python Generators + DOM - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2003/01/08/py-xml.html
4Suite Repository Features - https://www6.software.ibm.com/reg/devworks/dw-x4su
XML class warfare - http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6965


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