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use of rfc2606 example domain names (example.com not xyz.com)

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 20:48:31 +0200
Message-ID: <AANLkTintOqBE+V30JDGuZycm_bVzswWELMVfc-HSRoEa@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-rdb2rdf-comments@w3.org
Hi folks

First off, congratulations on shipping http://www.w3.org/TR/r2rml/ ...
it's an important and much needed piece of work.

Now my initial comment here is very boring, apologies in advance.

I notice you use the string 'xyz.com' a lot as a kind of identifier,
throughout the document. At some point you also have 'example.com'. I
don't yet understand your work well enough to be sure, but the
impression I get is that you are implying xyz.com is a kind of example
domain name for perhaps a fictional company.

I see "http://example.com/ns#" defined to use a prefix xyz:, this is fine.

But also the frequent appearance of 'xyz.com' makes me think you're
also using that string as an example of a domain name. If so, please
can you switch to use example.com instead. The Internet name
authorities in fact reserve example.com, example.net and example.org
for documentation examples.

See http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc2606.txt --
  "IANA has agreed to the four top level domain name reservations
   specified in this document and will reserve them for the uses
   indicated."

So it's much cleaner and safer to use these reserved names. Who knows
who'll own xyz.com next year, etc.

Like I say, a boring comment but I think worth addressing.

thanks,

Dan

ps. another thought in passing; could r2rml configurations be used for
describing mappings from specific shapes of non-database (ie.
exported) tabular data, eg. .csv files? Is this a use case you'll
consider?
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