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Re: Status of the SPARQL algebra

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 12:21:17 -0600
Message-Id: <p06230906c18a3d278f24@[]>
To: Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>
Cc: Kendall Clark <kendall@monkeyfist.com>, RDF Data Access Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>

>On 20 Nov 2006, at 17:01, Seaborne, Andy wrote:
>>Kendall Clark wrote:
>>>  Comments:
>>>  1. Numbering the sections and subsections will make it easier to
>>>  refer to (yes, I know this makes moving it into rq24 a matter of some
>>>  duplication...)
>>Worse than that - they keep changing!  I reordered most of the doc today.
>>>>4/ Advice on how to typeset squiggly symbols in portable XHTML,
>>>FWIW, on F'fox 2.0 on Mac, this looks fine.
>>Unfortunately, I have only included what I found to be absolutely 
>>safe (Greek characters).  There are more Unicode characters I'd 
>>like to use but not all browsers display things correctly.   FF is 
>>better than IE (6 and 7) but is hardly complete (why this isn't an 
>>OS font issue, I don't know).  But there are more symbols again 
>>that would be good that aren't even in Unicode.
>Are you thinking of using the join symbols from relational algebra? 
>I think it's better as it is, but you could use the ASCII 
>renderings: "[X]" and "=X]".

Blech. Worst of both worlds.

>Rho and sigma must be present in unicode. Though, again, I think 
>it's clearer to write it out.

I agree. Mathspeak involving uppercase Greek is compact and neat once 
you are used to it, but it takes some getting used to. And unless it 
is really well typeset - an art beyond even the best web browsers, 
until HTML turns into LATEX - it's hard on the eyes. And none of this 
stuff is really math-heavy.


>- Steve

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