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Re: Tag-less literals and literals with empty tags

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:11:48 +0100
Cc: "public-rdf-wg@w3.org, SKOS , Ivan Herman , Coralie Mercier , Guus Schreiber" <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
Message-Id: <3CA78D1D-2277-47AA-87C4-CF8B55FB4E11@cyganiak.de>
To: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Hi Antoine,

On 26 Jul 2011, at 12:28, Antoine Isaac wrote:
> I'm still slightly uncomfortable with your:
> 
>> Other specifications and implementations may explicitly treat an empty string as absence of a language tag, but that doesn't change anything.

Well, we *can* clarify this in the set of documents that the RDF WG is currently editing.

> It changes something: it can make a reader puzzled, and may result in loosing time in discussions that are merely caused by what seems to be (but in fact is not) lack of synch between specs. It's an editorial issue, granted. But still it's an issue, no?
> And perhaps the solution could be straightforward: just emphasizing that the reference is really the "RDF Concepts" doc, and that some syntax-specific handling of language tags in RDF/XML should not be read in a way that questions this reference.

The RDF/XML spec says:

[[
The xml:lang="" form indicates the absence of a language identifier.
]]

I'm not really sure how to state it much clearer than that.

I raised an issue against RDF/XML about referring to RDF Concepts more explicitly in the intro:
http://www.w3.org/2011/rdf-wg/track/issues/72

Best,
Richard
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