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Re: Dave Reynolds: rdf:text - clarification requested

From: Axel Polleres <axel.polleres@deri.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:15:08 +0100
Message-ID: <493EFBFC.903@deri.org>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
CC: public-rdf-text@w3.org, Dave Reynolds <der@hplb.hpl.hp.com>

Sandro Hawke wrote:
> [moving Dave's e-mail to the joint list]
> (fwiw, I agree with Dave's comment/concern, as I suspect do we all.)
>      -- Sandro
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Subject:
> rdf:text - clarification requested
> From:
> Dave Reynolds <der@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
> Date:
> Tue, 09 Dec 2008 15:58:40 +0000
> To:
> RIF WG <public-rif-wg@w3.org>
> To:
> RIF WG <public-rif-wg@w3.org>
> Please could I get some clarification on the following line from the 
> rdf:text document:
> """In addition to the RIF and OWL specifications, this datatype is 
> expected to supersede RDF's plain literals with language tags, cf. [5], 
> which is why this datatype has been added into the rdf: namespace. """
> I don't recall any discussion on this notion of "supersede". What 
> exactly is being proposed here? I have been regarding rdf:text as a 
> formalization of RDF plain literals with language tags which simplifies 
> OWL2/RIF's job but is not a change to RDF.  Clearly any change to the 
> RDF specs would have implications for tools developers, especially if 
> there are any round-tripping requirements, and wouldn't be something to 
> make likely. I don't think it appropriate to hint at such a change in 
> the rdf:text document without more details.
> Apologies for not having noticed this line earlier.
> Dave

My personal opinion: I is not the intention to change/affect the 
existinfg RDF specs, but the datatype is indeed intended to fix the 
mismatch between plain literals and language tagged literals for 
impementations which adopt it.

Any suggestion for a rewording that would rather convey this message?


Dr. Axel Polleres
Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, 
email: axel.polleres@deri.org  url: http://www.polleres.net/
Received on Tuesday, 9 December 2008 23:16:05 UTC

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