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Re: comment on wording at beginning of SPARQL Query Language for RDF

From: Peter F. Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 16:37:19 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <20060222.163719.131448350.pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
To: connolly@w3.org
Cc: public-rdf-dawg-comments@w3.org

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Subject: Re: comment on wording at beginning of SPARQL Query Language for RDF
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 15:04:29 -0600

> On Wed, 2006-02-22 at 15:32 -0500, Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:
> > I just started reading
> > 
> > 	http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-rdf-sparql-query-20060220/
> > 
> > and was brought up short by the poor wording at its very beginning:
> > 
> > 	An RDF graph is a set of triples; each triple consists of a subject, a
> > 	predicate and an object. This is defined in RDF Concepts and Abstract
> > 	Syntax [CONCEPTS]. These triples can come from a variety of sources.
> Perhaps I have just read it too many times, but I can't see anything
> wrong with that wording.

The referent of the "This" could be one of any number of things.  It could the 
"RDF graph", "triple", "set of triples", "subject", "predicate', or "object".
There are even other possibilities for the referent of "This".

> > Surely better wording can be generated, particularly at this important part of
> > the document.
> Do you have any improvements to suggest?

Yes, certainly.  However, the improvement depends on the meaning of the excerpt,
which I cannot discern.

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