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Re: [ontolog-forum] International Alliance for Interoperability

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 12:32:46 -0500
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On Mar 12, 2009, at 7:43 PM, Richard H. McCullough wrote:
> Chris
> I find it very interesting that you use the term "high-level".   
> Speaking from the usual context of computer programming languages,  
> mKR is a very high-level language, and RDF is a low-level assembly  
> language.    (01)

Neither OWL nor RDF is a programming language, so saying either one is  
"high-level" in the programming language sense is a category mistake;  
it makes no more sense than saying they are green or emotionally  
unstable.  "High-level" in the context of ontology languages refers to  
the level of abstraction of a language's primitive constructs -- the  
higher the level, the more general the language and hence (typically)  
the fewer its primitives.    (02)

Chris Menzel    (03)

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