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Re: [TF-PP] IRI and base URIs

From: Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 12:35:40 +0100
Cc: SPARQL Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C082AD5D-A0B8-494C-8188-F814C35A996C@garlik.com>
To: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@talis.com>
On 2010-05-27, at 12:08, Andy Seaborne wrote:
> On 27/05/2010 11:39 AM, Steve Harris wrote:
>> I would very much like it to be defined for IRI inputs too,
> Yes, that's sensible.
>> As per the subject, is IRI("foo") intended to return<foo>  relative to the base, or be an error?
> Defined as error.  <foo> is not an absolute IRI.  What I don't want is making it spec-legal to generate relative IRIs when RDF s defined around absolute URIs.

Agreed, but, given a query with a base URI of <http://foo.example/>, and IRI("bar"), a reasonable return value would be <http://foo.example/bar>, I have no strong feelings about whether this would be useful, but it wouldn't be especially hard to implement.

> Your implementation can do different, errors are an extension point.
> (There isn't a sensible base anyway.  If the data comes from several files, there isn't necessary one base anyway.  The base of the query is accessible if really needed, and if there is one, but that can be used by the application writer anyway with str(<>))

Well, something like IRI(CONCAT(STR(<>), "foo")) is not the same as determining <foo> relative to the base URI, as the rules are somewhat complex.

4.1.1 * of SPARQL 1.0, along with RFC3986 implies that all queries have a base URI, though it could still be not possible to construct a legal URI of course.

* http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-sparql-query/#QSynIRI

- Steve

>> On 2010-05-27, at 10:45, Andy Seaborne wrote:
>>> While we're in and around the subject of base URIs:
>>> The IRI function takes a string and produces an IRI: I propose that we define it only for valid, absolute IRIs, and anything else is an error.
>>> Creating relative IRIs is plain bad, albeit occasionally necessary.
>>> Errors in SPARQL can be replaced in an implementation by doing something but it indicates the something outside the spec.
>>> IRI("foo")
>>> IRI("http://example/a space")
>>> IRI("http://example/[]")
>>> IRI("")
>>> The string is not automatically %-encoded - if that's needed, then call another function to perform the operation.
>>> 	Andy

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