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Subject: Re: [xmlvoc-comment] Cover: SGML Declaration, ASCII listing


Lars Marius Garshol wrote:

>* Patrick Durusau

>What do you mean by "construct an ontology from a standard"?
Stand corrected. I think the question I was thinking was a conflation of 
ontology and useful presentation, which are admittedly separate issues. 
A topic map could be constructed to represent all the detail of Harvey 
Bingham's SGML productions, but there are ways of presenting that 
information that would not be very helpful even with a topic map. Sorry 
for the mis-use of the word ontology for that aspect of the problem.

So we develop an ontology for a complex standard (like ISO 8879), that 
is just the first step towards being able to answer the non-ontological 
question of useful presentation. Correct? Should our work be an example 
of taming that sort of complexity for useful presentation?

The more I write on this post I realize that what I am asking is a user 
interface engineering question, one that I personally not qualified to 
answer. Don't know about the experience of the other members of our 
group in that regard but it is probably beyond the scope of our effort. 
Developing the ontology will be difficult enough and perhaps the vendors 
of topic map engines will use their presentations of that ontology to 
illustrate their skills at constructing userful interfaces to complex data.

Sorry for using the bandwidth on what turned out to be a rabbit chase 
but thought I should take the opportunity to correct my error.


Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature

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