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Re: RDFa Core and RDF/XML

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:12:05 +0200
Cc: W3C RDFa WG WG <public-rdfa-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F8BD4E38-CA02-44D2-BDEC-04F688D13B93@w3.org>
To: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>

On Mar 29, 2010, at 15:03 , Mark Birbeck wrote:

>> My intention was indeed that an *RDFa* processor should parse the RDF/XML portion, too,
>> and add it to the RDF graph that is produced. Writing these lines made me realize, however,
>> that this *is* an extra load on an RDFa processor, so it is not so obvious after all:-(
> I think it's conceptually wrong, too. Whilst an abstract 'RDF parser'
> might process many serialisations, it would be wrong to expect a
> parser that handles one serialisation to take on board other
> serialisations.

Yeah, I think you are right.

> (Which in passing is one of the reasons for introducing the notion of
> the 'default graph' into RDFa; it gives us a fighting chance of
> ensuring that all triples from all parsers end up in the same place.)
>> It is certainly true that an engine extracting metadata from an SVG file that wants to be
>> conform to the SVG standard has to do both the RDF/XML and the RDFa processing. But
>> that may be then a tool's own option (my distiller does that).
> Right, but that would be an 'RDF processor' that just happens to
> incorporate both an RDF/XML parser and an RDFa parser.
>> Whatever we decide, we may want to add an informal note to the RDFa 1.1 Core about this.
>> It is, I think, an obvious questions user may ask themselves.
> If we did make such a note, perhaps it would be in relation to notions
> of the default graph, rather than processors? That's the main way that
> different parsers can align their triples.
> Or maybe we clarify this point about an RDF processor containing one
> or more parsers, and say that all parsers running in the context of
> the same RDF processor should ideally populate the same default graph.

I think that would be my preferred way.


> Regards,
> Mark
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