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[protege-owl] Protege: experimental XML file

Samson Tu swt at
Mon Aug 27 12:27:42 PDT 2007

The experimental XML backend was designed as a backend for Protege 
Frame, not Protege OWL. Exporting a OWL ontology using the experimental 
XML backend in effect converting it to Protege Frame.

You can read more about it here:


Ely Edison Matos wrote:
> Hello,
> Sorry, Thomas, I was not clear :-) I'm working on a project where I convert 
> xml files to a ontology, transforming "xml elements" into "owl individuals". 
> Now, after some editing in the ontology, using Protege, I need to generate a 
> new xml file (according to a original XML schema) mading "owl individuals" 
> in "xml elements", where object properties will be "internal elements" in 
> the xml file. Inside the OWL file saved by protege, the same individual has 
> a mixed structure, with information being distributed along the file...
> The "XML experimental file" in Protege generated a more simple and clear 
> structure; it allows a more simple XSLT to do the transformation...This was 
> what I mean with "XML to XML" x "OWL to XML"...
> But, I didn't see any documentation abou this "XML experimental file" in 
> Protege.
> Ely
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Thomas Russ" <tar at ISI.EDU>
>> On Aug 27, 2007, at 10:08 AM, Ely Edison Matos wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I need to converte the owl file to xml. I found the Protege convert
>>> to "Experimental XML file"; a xml is saved but it is not readable
>>> anymore...It more easy to use XSLT to convert XML to XML than OWL
>>> to XML, so I am interest on this option...
>> You must have some more narrow meaning of XML, since OWL files are
>> written in XML.
>> What do you mean when you say you want an XML file?
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