Re: Contexts and views (Robert MacGregor)
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Date: Wed, 31 May 1995 17:11:46 -0800
To: (John F. Sowa),,,
From: (Robert MacGregor)
Subject: Re: Contexts and views
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Our notion of contexts would seem to be rather different than John's.
In our system, its not possible to look inside of a context from
outside.  Instead, to "see" the facts, definitions, etc. in a context,
you must be in it, or in one of its children.  This is in accord
with normal scoping rules.

Also, we support
multiple inheritance -- our context hierarchies are not limited
to trees.  We have quite a few users (mostly in the NL domain)
who use the multiple inheritance feature.  One way to reason
with two different views/contexts is to create a new context
that inherits both of them.

We have also identified (but not yet implemented) a need for
an export feature (lifting).  Often, one would like to reference some
of the objects in a context without inheriting that context.
That provides a second means for interviewing the contents
of a context without being in or below it.

- Bob

Robert M. MacGregor                           
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