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RDF Semantics - Intuitive summary needs to be scoped to interpretations

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 01:15:19 -0400
Message-ID: <524BABE7.1080302@dbooth.org>
To: public-rdf-comments <public-rdf-comments@w3.org>
https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/rdf/raw-file/default/rdf-mt/index.html

Section 5.2 Intuitive summary needs to be scoped to a particular 
interpretation or set of interpretations.  At present the 
interpretations are implicit, and this is misleading because it suggests 
that the notion of a graph being true is somehow independent of an 
interpretation, whereas in fact the truth of a graph critically depends 
on the interpretations that are chosen.

I suggest rewording the first sentence of this section from: "An RDF 
graph is true exactly when: . . . " to: "An RDF graph is true exactly 
when there exists an interpretation such
that: . . . "

Also, the verb "interpret" is being used in this clause: "2. there is 
some way to interpret all the blank nodes in the graph as referring to 
things,", but that causes confusion with the notion of an interpretation 
(which is a function).  It would be better to use a different verb at 
this point.

Also point 4 mentions "these interpretations", but it isn't clear what 
interpretations are meant.  Perhaps it means the results of the verb 
"interpret" in item 2?  In which case, a different word should be used 
here also.

Thanks,
David
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