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Re: Other names for 'property groups' [was: Re: RDFa DOM API - New Editor's Draft]

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:11:33 +0200
Cc: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, RDFa WG <public-rdfa-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <92168132-245A-4500-8F50-FF5C369DBA6E@w3.org>
To: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>
My problem is with the word 'Property'. As I said in my comment:

- right before section 3[...]

Actually, the example uses e.style.setProperty which is, I presume, the way to set a CSS property. But then... using 'Property' for our Property groups become really really confusing! I wonder whether the example was on our properties or not. Bottom line, we should find another name for Property Groups (though I do not know what...)

whether we like it or not, the term 'property' seems to be taken by, eg, CSS. I do not mind too much the term 'group' or 'collection'. For a python programmer, as you said, the term 'dictionary' is very specific, we may want to avoid that.

I was thinking of 'predicate group'; in the RDF world 'property' and 'predicate' is used pretty much interchangeably. But it may sound a bit too strange for a non-RDF person. 'data group'?


On May 31, 2010, at 21:49 , Mark Birbeck wrote:

> Hi Shane,
> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 8:10 PM, Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com> wrote:
>> I don't mind Group - but I also like "Collection".
> Yes, me too.
> As with 'property group' the distance between the term used and what
> the thing actually is, is very short:
>  Mum: What's a 'property collection'?
>  Mark: Oh, it's just a collection of properties that all apply to the
> same thing.
>  Mum: Ah...I see. I knew this semantic web business wasn't that difficult.
> Another candidate came up when I was double-checking that the
> functionality defined within 'property groups' could be implemented in
> Python; I had forgotten that Python uses the term "dictionary" for
> these kinds of objects, which I also liked.
> 'Property collection'...'property dictionary'...'property
> group'...maybe we can see if people can live with any of these, and
> also whether they spark other suggestions.
> Regards,
> Mark
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