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> costello@mitre.org (Roger L. Costello) writes:
> >Thus, without a-priori agreement my application is able to process a
> >trading partner's document!
> Provided you picked the same ontological framework as the sender, sure.
> All this does is kick the a priori agreement up a level, usually to
> supposed experts.

Precisely, Simon.  This is why I've always been an advocate of such an 
approach in relatively closed systems, but I'm not sure about its realism on 
the Web.

Robert says:

My application understands:

   - "subclassOf" since it's part of the OWL vocabulary
   - "Camera" since my application was constructed to understand this

These are just what I call anchors of authority in my writings and 
presentations.  In the Sun project where we're putting this stuff to work, 
it's all about authority, and this authority comes directly from the 
organizational hierarchy.  It works when someone can mandate an ontological 
framework.  On there Web there is no hierarchy, so it seems that there are too 
many undecidable problems of human nature.

Or is saying this the same thing as saying "Hypertext will never scale 
globally" in the mid 80s?  I guess time will tell.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net    http://4Suite.org    http://fourthought.com
Gems From the [Python/XML] Archives - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2003/04/09/py-xm
Introducing N-Triples - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-thi
Use internal references in XML vocabularies - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerw
EXSLT by example - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/library/x-exslt.html
The worry about program wizards - http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=7238
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