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Please allow trailing semicolon (";") after update statement

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 12:56:04 -0400
To: public-rdf-dawg-comments <public-rdf-dawg-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1337964964.2090.9421.camel@dbooth-laptop>
The SPARQL Update syntax currently PROHIBITS a trailing semicolon at the
end of the last update statement:

[30]  Update  ::=  Prologue ( Update1 ( ';' Update )? )?

although it REQUIRES a semicolon after all other update statements in an
update operation.  I realize that the semicolon was intended to be a
separator rather than a terminator, but in practice this restriction
just becomes a pointless annoyance to users.  Programming language
designers learned this lesson many years ago.

Please relax this restriction to allow extra semicolons. 


David Booth, Ph.D.

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