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

From: Jie Bao <baojie@cs.rpi.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 01:23:26 -0400
Message-ID: <b6b357670905262223p473f27e2pe4e53336af2eaa2@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Cc: public-rif-wg@w3.org, public-owl-wg@w3.org
Please forgive my recent silence on rdf:text issues, though I have
been watching the discussion. I'm supportive for the renaming if it
serves the purpose of reducing misunderstanding (which has been a
haunting problem ever since the beginning...)


On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 11:33 PM, Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org> 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

Jie Bao
Received on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 05:24:00 UTC

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