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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:23:36 -0600
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On Dec 14, 2009, at 10:48 PM, John F. Sowa wrote:
> ...
> In fact, most of the differences between Common Logic and the old
> KIF result from the requirements for making Common Logic support
> the semantics of RDF.    (01)

I believe that is in fact false but it *could* have been true. :-)  In fact, by 
my recollection, the differences arose, first, from the realization that we 
needed to move to an abstract syntax that could encompass most any existing or 
proposed language and, second, the need for a completely type free syntax and 
semantics to accommodate the syntactic anarchy one finds on the web.  Pat might 
recall differently, but I don't recall RDF playing any actual motivational role 
in CL's development and that it was a happy accident that RDF syntax could be 
so easily be represented as a CL (sub)dialect and that a semantics for RDF 
could be built so readily from ideas out of CL semantics.    (02)

-chris    (03)

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