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Editorial comment on SPARQL Query Language Last Call

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 17:55:04 +0200
Message-ID: <42E116D8.1070908@w3.org>
To: public-rdf-dawg-comments@w3.org

Comment on http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-rdf-sparql-query-20050419/
Category: Editorial (in fact: readability...)

The section on Blank Nodes in section 2.8 (Other Syntactic Forms) says:


> 	[ foaf:name  ?name ;
>    	foaf:mbox  <alice@example.org> ]
>
> This is the same as writing the following basic graph pattern for
> some uniquely allocated blank node:
>
>	_:b18  foaf:name  ?name .
>	_:b18  foaf:mbox  <alice@example.org> .

Which is fine, but nothing is said in the draft what means

	ex:a ex:b [ foaf:name  ?name ;
    	foaf:mbox  <alice@example.org> ].

ie, that this triplets is *replaced* by

	ex:a ex:b _:b18 .

where _b:18 is the blank node described above.

[Just saying that [ .... ] is mechanically replaced by those two lines above
would lead to:

	ex:a ex:b _:b18  foaf:name  ?name .
	_:b18  foaf:mbox  <alice@example.org> .

which is syntactically wrong.

The same remark holds for the section on RDF Collections:

	ex:a ex:b (1 ?x 3) .

should be explained that it is replaced by:

	ex:a ex:b _:b0 .

where _:b0 is the blank node described in the section.

Sincerely,

--

Ivan Herman
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