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Re: (poll) renaming rdf:text to rdf:plainLiteral

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 06:28:37 +0200
Message-ID: <4A177B75.1070706@w3.org>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
CC: public-rif-wg@w3.org, public-owl-wg@w3.org
One step further: why having this thing in the rdf namespace? I must 
admit I was always a bit uneasy about using the rdf namespace for that 
in the past, but I accepted. But it started as a 'thing' that seemed to 
be a common need for RIF and OWL, and we may want to keep it that way.

It could be in the OWL or the RIF namespace or has a namespace of its own.

Just and idea...


Sandro Hawke wrote:
> It seems like most of the furor over rdf:text has been caused by some
> misunderstandings about its intended role.  One of the proposals to help
> clarify its role has been to rename it from rdf:text to
> rdf:plainLiteral.  The idea behind this name is to help underscore that
> it is exactly equivalent (mapping 1-1) to "RDF Plain Literals" [1].  It
> is not something else, something new, different, or useful in it's own
> right.  It's just a standard way for systems to handle RDF Plain
> Literals as XML datatype values.  Systems can use it if it makes it
> easier for them, working with RDF data outside of RDF graphs (as in RIF
> and OWL 2).  Within RDF graphs, by definition, there is direct support
> of RDF Plain Literals.
> The original renaming proposal [2] was from Axel, and so far everyone
> who has talked about it on public-rdf-text seems supportive of it.
> Before we (that is, Boris) actually edit(s) that spec to make the name
> change, we wanted to do a quick check to see if anyone has a problem
> with this.  Obviously, we'll also need to make the name change in
> various other documents.  I know it's a bit of a hassle, but try reading
> a day of the rdf-text mailing list; you'll start to see why a change
> like this starts to seem cheap and easy.
> Thoughts?
>      -- Sandro
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-concepts/#dfn-plain-literal
> [2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdf-text/2009AprJun/0148


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