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Re: better support for bnodes

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2006 17:32:01 +0200
Message-ID: <45228271.6040701@w3.org>
To: mark.birbeck@x-port.net
Cc: RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

Mark Birbeck wrote:
> Hi Ivan,
>> > We've now got a bnode that isn't attached to anything, with a
>> > predicate of bibtex:name.
>> Hm. Is there? My understanding (but that may be wrong!) is that in your
>> outlined solution above the blank node is created because no object has
>> been assigned to bibtex:journal. If there is an object to it, then there
>> is no reason to define a blank node; the meta would then be attached to
>> the _:DJDKWBDADIH05 under the rules of finding a subject. Isn't that
>> what would happen? (It is not necessarily much nicer, though, but those
>> are the rules...)
> No, the bnode is still created, by the rules that apply when 'meta'
> and 'link' are used as children of an element that isn't another
> 'meta'. Of course, if the latter is the case then reification kicks
> in, but without it, we're just creating properties on a bnode.

I stand corrected:-)

> So the rule I'm proposing to add is simply that if there is no object,
> the object should be the bnode identifier for the current
> element...which rather conveniently makes it match up with the bnode
> identifier created when we discover predicates defined by 'meta' and
> 'link' child elements. :) So we've achieved the 'chaining' that we
> used to have in early drafts, and that you get in RDF/XML as a result
> of the striping.
> However, if you were to later add an @href, you would get the
> 'orphaned' bnode that I referred to, since although the bnode is still
> there, nothing is referring to it. But as I said, you could argue that
> this is 'correct'--you don't sound like you mind that consequence too
> much, Ivan. Is that fair to say?




> Regards,
> Mark


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