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From: Leigh Dodds <leigh@ldodds.com>
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 13:58:07 +0000
Message-ID: <422474EF.3070504@ldodds.com>
To: public-rdf-dawg-comments@w3.org

Hi,

Whilst playing about with Sparql over the last month or two, I've been 
assuming that ordering of results is something that is "coming soon", 
i.e. in a later Working Draft.

However, now that I've actually looked, I see that Last Call is
approaching and that sorting/ordering of results is not in the
requirements list. In fact the only mention I can see of it
is this feedback from Andrew Newman [1] and a comment in the spec noting 
that the WG is aware of the relationship between sorting and limiting 
the number of returned results.

Is it the case then that Sparql will not include an ORDER BY or
similar clause? If not, then would it be possible to elaborate
why? (Or have I missed something and I'm being dull?)

I find this quite surprising if its not, as its a fundamentally
useful feature of any query language. Given the type support I'd
naively assumed that sorting would be a relatively straight-forward
extension.

Cheers,

L.

[1]. 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdf-dawg-comments/2004Oct/0010.html
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