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Re: Namespace (was: Re: Preparing editor's drafts -- Q's for the team contacts)

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 14:52:30 +0100
Cc: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>, RDF Working Group WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F5C893A4-84E0-4901-9F18-FA2BCD37A565@cyganiak.de>
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
On 25 May 2011, at 12:28, Ivan Herman wrote:
> (alas!, it is not possible to define a new vocabulary URI for rdf and rdfs; it would be sooooo much better to use
> 
> http://www.w3.org/ns/rdf
> http://www.w3.org/ns/rdfs
> 
> :-(

Well, we can't do much, but there's something that we can do NOW. We can give the community license to experiment and find out whether the shorter namespaces are worth the pain induced by a change. When it's time for the next RDF in 2020, the verdict should be in.



A SHORT NAMESPACE URI FOR RDF AND RDFS

W3C Working Group Note

To facilitate the migration to shorter namespace IRIs for RDF and RDFS, we reserve the namespace

http://www.w3.org/ns/rdf#

for use in a future version of RDF. The suggested prefix is rdf2:. RDF implementations may consider supporting all terms in the current rdf: and rdfs: namespaces not just under their customary IRIs, but also under a corresponding IRI in the rdf2: namespace.

Note however that data published using this rdf2: namespaces is not valid RDF 1.1.

This is not a commitment that any future version of RDF will use the rdf2: namespace, or define in it any of the terms in the current rdf: and rdfs: namespaces, or define them with the same semantics.
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