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[protege-owl] abstract language to describe ontology

Timothy Redmond tredmond at
Thu Oct 9 11:24:28 PDT 2008

Protege 4 will render an owl file in many different formats. When the
"Save As" menu is invoked it will ask you for the format that you
desire.  Of these various renderings, I think that the Manchester owl
syntax and the latex mode are possibilities.  If you use LaTeX for your
thesis (a much better choice than word), then the LaTeX rendering will
use a syntax that is appropriate for a formal dl paper.  The manchester
owl syntax is a bit less formal looking but it is a favorite for easy
reading and understanding.


The manchester owl syntax is one possibility.  Protege 4 will write out
your owl files in this and in several other 

On Thu, 2008-10-02 at 17:19 +0200, emanu.storti at wrote:
> Hi everybody, actually this isn't a question concerning protégé, but I 
> hope you can give me an help anyway.
> I'm developing an ontology and I 
> was thinking about using a formalism to describe it. First of all, I 
> would like to define concept, relations, restrictions using this 
> language and then I'd like to translate it into OWL language: all this 
> in order to have a high level abstract representation of my future owl 
> ontology, and also to describe it in my thesis in a human-readable 
> syntax (unlike RDF/XML).
> 1) Should I use some DL abstract language? 
> 2) What is the most commonly used solution?
> 2bis) Where can I find some 
> resources to learn how to express concepts and logic rules in that 
> language?
> 3) Are there any tools (Protégé plugins, for example) to 
> translate from this abstract language into owl?
> Thank you in advance,
> Emanuele Storti
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