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

From: Michael Schneider <schneid@fzi.de>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 13:54:07 +0200
Message-ID: <0EF30CAA69519C4CB91D01481AEA06A00141373D@judith.fzi.de>
To: "Sandro Hawke" <sandro@w3.org>
Cc: <public-rif-wg@w3.org>, <public-owl-wg@w3.org>
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>From: public-owl-wg-request@w3.org [mailto:public-owl-wg-request@w3.org]
>On Behalf Of Sandro Hawke
>Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 5:33 AM
>To: public-rif-wg@w3.org; public-owl-wg@w3.org
>Subject: (poll) renaming rdf:text to rdf:plainLiteral
>
>
>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].  

Ok, and not too much stressing of the "internationalized" aspect anymore,
since this seemed to be one major point by some people, IIRC.

I have no issues with the RDF namespace (otherwise I would have raised 
them before). However, I would like to see the thing be called 

  "rdf:PlainLiteral"

with a capital "P". I believe, for RDF people, the message will then be 
clearer that this is the distinguished sub /class/ of rdfs:Literal that 
exactly captures all the plain literals (wasn't Pat Hayes talking about
a specific class?). Perhaps, this will make it more likely to be 
supported by a future RDF WG to make it a real built-in of RDF(S), which
would be a win, especially since we are "re-using" the rdf: namespace. 
Also, there is rdf:XMLLiteral, instead of rdf:xmlLiteral, so this naming 
scheme has some precedence in RDF.

Best,
Michael

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