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Celsius to Fahrenheit is a much better example than my RSS related date example. Thanks for providing it. 
There is nothing more satisfying that having someone take a shot at you, and miss. 


From: Bill de hÓra [mailto:bill.dehora@propylon.com]
Sent: Wed 12/1/2004 6:39 AM
To: Dare Obasanjo
Cc: Michael Champion; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Ontolgies, Mappings and Transformations (was RE: Web Services/SOA)

Dare Obasanjo wrote:

> One of the things I've found interesting about discussions with the
> RDF/Semantic Web crowd is that many of them fail to see that moving to
> ontologies and the like basically is swapping one mapping mechanism
> (e.g. transformations using XSLT or regular code in your favorite OOP
> language) for another (e.g. creating ontolgies using technologies like

I wonder who they might be?

> However the Semantic Web
> related mapping technologies don't allow for the kind of complex and
> messy mappings that occur in the real world.

Like Celsius to Fahrenheit? I don't understand why anyone would be
surprised at this in what is essentially data description work. But
there are cases where something like OWL has value in describing things
- Ian Davis example for Atom versioning comes to mind.



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