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Re: punctuationSyntax

From: Eric Prud'hommeaux <eric@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 06:35:53 -0400
To: Jeen Broekstra <jeen@aduna.biz>
Cc: Dave Beckett <dave.beckett@bristol.ac.uk>, public-rdf-dawg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20050408103553.GB23547@w3.org>
On Fri, Apr 08, 2005 at 12:20:59PM +0200, Jeen Broekstra wrote:
> Dave Beckett wrote:
> >As a particular criticism, I don't like the << ... >> reification
> >syntax, it has never been asked for as an addition to Turtle (a few
> >years experience)  and I don't need it for any of my applications.
> Actually we have had some examples of people using the reification
> shorthand syntax in SeRQL. Example case (actually a pretty exotic one
> where this is used in the CONSTRUCT to create new reifications):
> http://www.openrdf.org/forum/mvnforum/viewthread?lastpage=yes&thread=404
> From a point of view of QL adequacy it seems a bit poor to not add
> some sort of convenience shortcut for reification. After all, the
> concept is part of the RDF abstract model.
> That being said, I'm not particularly fond of the double angle bracket
> syntax either - yet more brackets to clutter up the syntax. So,
> neither a strong like nor strong dislike in my case, but I felt the
> additional data point might be useful.

There's a large camp that feels that RDF reification is broken [BR].
By providing a syntax to address reification, we'd be marrying a
particulra form. I would really like to avoid this controversy by
not addressing reification at all in this version of the QL.

[BR] http://www.w3.org/2001/12/attributions/#superman

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