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Changes to SPARQL and Turtle in response to an RDF comment

From: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@epimorphics.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:04:29 +0100
Message-ID: <5006FAAD.8040007@epimorphics.com>
To: RDF-WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>, SPARQL Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
The comment "Turtle: Prefixes now can contain colons (":")?" [1]
is a bug in the SPARQL grammar that got propagated to Turtle.  By 
putting the raw ':' in PN_CHARS_U, colons could appear in the prefix 
part, blank node ids and, in SPARQL, variable names.

The fix is not put ':' in PN_CHARS_U but instead to write out PN_LOCAL 
more fully.  PN_LOCAL is the local part of a prefixed name.

So the difference between non-raw colon Turtle and SPARQL is confined

     (PN_CHARS_U | ':' | [0-9] | PLX )
     ((PN_CHARS | '.' | ':' | PLX)* (PN_CHARS | ':' | PLX) )?

reverting the edits to PN_CHARS_U

Gavin has already incorporate this into the Turtle ED and it's in the 

Thanks to Mathias Hasselmann for pointing this out, along with the 
details he presented.


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