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[protege-owl] Unique cannonical serialization (using Subversion or some such)

Tania Tudorache tudorache at
Thu Mar 19 15:59:48 PDT 2009

Thank you very much, Thomas, for looking into this!

If this is a feature that is useful to several people in the community, 
then, we could add it in the patch release.


Thomas Russ wrote:
> On Mar 18, 2009, at 4:14 PM, Tania Tudorache wrote:
>> I'm wondering if Eric forgot to check the "Sort alphabetically" check
>> box. That would explain the many differences when using the native  
>> writer.
> Hmmm.  Looking at some of our results, it seems that the real issue is  
> that the sorting is only at the top level.  So that while the class  
> definitions and the individuals will be in the sam relative position,  
> property values will not necessarily preserve their order.  I suspect  
> that may also be true for restrictions on classes, but I didn't check  
> that.
> For individuals, the properties are not in alphabetical order, and  
> neither are the values if a single property has multiple values.
> I'm not suggesting that this be done, but if one wanted to have a  
> canonical serialization, then there would need to be more levels at  
> which sorting would need to happen.
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