Project Idea


February 1, 2004 - December 1, 2004

Develop a tool to help OWL ontology writers follow good style. The first step is to come up with a set of style conventions. these could include conventions for documentation, importing ontologies, organization, etc. An author could apply the tool to an ontology and get a HTML report on warnings and errors detected by the checker.

One model might be Checkstyle -- a development tool to help programmers write Java code that adheres to a coding standard. It automates the process of checking Java code to spare humans of this boring (but important) task. This makes it ideal for projects that want to enforce a coding standard. It's highly configurable and can be made to support almost any coding standard. An example configuration file is supplied supporting the Sun Code Conventions. As well, other sample configuration files are supplied for other well known conventions.

ontology, owl, style checker

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