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Re: extra comments on test cases

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:03:41 +0000
Message-ID: <a707f8300802120403p2a7d3c18l66a7eab667208978@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Ivan Herman" <ivan@w3.org>
Cc: ben@adida.net, public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org

Hi Ivan,

> [snip]
> Which shows that there is _no_ unanimity of opinion in the group on the
> interpretation of [_:] (I merely reacted on that mail). Ie, the group
> has to give its amen to what you proposed (note that the test cases I
> submitted went along your interpretation so do not argue with me:-)

Yes, I know that's what you are referring to! :) But there is NOTHING
in the spec that could give this interpretation. I thought that RDFa
would do my washing for me...does that mean the group is no longer
unanimous, and that we should vote on that, too?


Ok...I'm being facetious, but the serious point is that I really don't
know what you are asking 'the group' to vote on, and it's taking up
time that could be better spent on other things.

All of us, at various times, might have had some uncertainty about
something in the spec. But we can't open up debates and have votes
each time that happens, unless someone can point to some place in the
spec that has created a genuine ambiguity. Obviously if there is a
resolution in a past meeting that says we decided to go this way with
bnodes, then there is an issue to resolve, and the error is mine for
not adding the functionality to the spec.

But if neither of these two conditions hold--spec ambiguity or
unfulfilled resolution--I really don't see what it is that you think
the group should be voting on.

(And the reason I doubt there is such a resolution, is that I proposed
CURIEs in the first place, and I always did so as a simple string
substitution mechanism; I would have definitely noticed if at any
point there was a change to introduce 'intelligence' into the
mechanism. I would have also noticed if changes were proposed and
agreed that took CURIEs out of line with Turtle and N3, since that was
a key design goal of mine.)



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