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[bioontology-support] Feedback

Natasha Noy noy at
Tue Nov 3 10:21:46 PST 2009

Dear Jane,

Which browser are you using? I do seem to have plenty of whitespace in  
my Safari browser.

That sad, the problem mostly lies in the way BFO authors chose to use  
the same property (rdfs: comment) to represent different elements of  
the class description (mainly, comment, example, definition). As it  
happens, those strings ("Comment:", "Examples:", "Definition") are  
simply part of the value for that property and thus there is no way  
for BioPortal to split those up. The ontology authors have also put  
[snap:xxx] as part of those strings.

You might want to bring it up with the BFO authors -- I think they  
know there is a problem in the way they use rdfs:comment but the more  
feedback they get from the community the more likely they are to  
change it :)


On Nov 3, 2009, at 5:22 AM, admin at wrote:

> Name : Jane Lomax
> Email : jane at
> Comment:
> Hi - for some of the ontologies in OWL format, it's very difficult  
> to read the definition, examples and comments because they form one  
> block of text see e.g. Basic Formal Ontology -> Site.
> The problem is compounded by the text containing lots of [snap:xxx]  
> references. Presumably this is an artifact of the OWL format? Is  
> there any way this text can be made more readable? I've resorted to  
> pasting it into a text editor so I can add whitespace!
> thanks very much.
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