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Re: unqualified name option in GetData?

From: Rob McCool <robm@robm.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 17:20:58 -0800
To: "Richard H. McCullough" <rhm@cdepot.net>
Cc: public-rdf-tap@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030107172058.A4277@flapjack.stanford.edu>

> Does your GetData program have an option to display, e.g.,
>     Person
> instead of 
>     http://tap.stanford.edu/data/Person

You've discovered a bug that I haven't figured out a good way to fix. Guess
now I'll have to.

The problem is this. When the parser loads a KB, it discards the URLs in 
front of resources like http://tap.stanford.edu/data/Person to save space.
When returning data, the toolkit will put the URL back again if it decides
that "Person" is a resource and not just some string.

The problem comes when the resource name without the namespace prefix is
the same as one of its properties. Like:
   <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://tap.stanford.edu/data/Person">
    <rdfs:label xml:lang="en">Person</rdfs:label>

The toolkit looks at the target (the second Person), tries to decide if it's
a resource (does it have properties? Yes, a property called "label") and then
puts the namespace back on.

So there's a hack in my programs right now that looks a lot like this in Perl:

sub getLabel {
  my ($tap, $tapns, $node) = @_;
  my $label = $tap->GetValue($node, "label");
  $label =~ s%^$tapns%%;
  return $label;

You can imagine a similarly revolting hack in Java involving startsWith() and

Now that I've been caught in my laziness, I'll have to go fix the problem 
for real...
Received on Tuesday, 7 January 2003 20:21:31 UTC

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