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Re: [ontolog-forum] Difference between XML and OWL

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From: "Peter F Brown" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 18:38:45 +0200
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I’d go further: XML is only about syntax; Owl, at best, is about grammar and lexis but this is merely conventional: there is only any grammar and lexicon in OWL because there is a prior agreement (among humans) that certain strings should be consistently understood in a certain way, unlike human language which is always “fuzzier”, ambiguous and richer. I would challenge the idea that OWL can “represent knowledge” – that’s what humans do – but it is certainly a formalisation of concepts in a given domain of interest, albeit poorer that what humans manage.





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And XML has NOTHING to do with semantics in any way shape or form.


On 21/10/08 11:58 AM, "Martin Hepp (UniBW)" <martin.hepp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Dear Phani,

In short: XML is a serialization format for the exchange of structured data. OWL is a knowledge representation formalism for modeling the conceptual elements of a domain of interest. OWL ontologies can be exchanged using XML syntax (by means of the RDF/XML format).

For a (hopefully easy to read) intro to the field, check e.g.



Phani Chaitanya wrote:

Hi all,

 Can you tell me the concrete difference between XML and OWL. If possible state it by quoting an example in the two formats.

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