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Re: a few comments about DTB

From: Chris Welty <cawelty@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 20:51:40 -0400
Message-ID: <4853161C.9010202@gmail.com>
To: Axel Polleres <axel.polleres@deri.org>
CC: Jos de Bruijn <debruijn@inf.unibz.it>, "Public-Rif-Wg (E-mail)" <public-rif-wg@w3.org>



Axel Polleres wrote:
> 
> Jos de Bruijn wrote:
>>
>>
>> Axel Polleres wrote:
>>>
>>> Jos de Bruijn wrote:
>>>> Axel,
>>>>
>>>> Here are a few things I noticed in the DTB document during the meeting:
>>>>
>>>> - you use DATATYPE sometimes as the IRI of a datatype and sometimes 
>>>> as a
>>>> non-IRI name of a datatype.  It is unclear what the relationship is
>>>> between these two names, especially since according to section 2.2 the
>>>> names of the data types are IRIs.  In addition, the names are not 
>>>> always
>>>> what one would expect.  For example, I would expect the short name of
>>>> the xs:string datatype to be "string".  However, in section 4.1 and 4.2
>>>> it seems to be "String".
>>>> I guess it probably makes sense to use some kind of short names for the
>>>> datatypes in the names of certain predicates, but the relationship 
>>>> needs
>>>> to be defined.
>>>
>>> I added respecting paragraphs in 4.1 and 4.2 explaining the naming 
>>> convention.
>>>
>>> "As a naming convention we use the non-prefix NCNAME part denoting 
>>> the data type in CamelCase, for instance we use pred:isString for the 
>>> guard predicate for xsd:string, or pred:isText for the guard 
>>> predicate for rif:text. Other RIF dialects involving new datatypes 
>>> not mentioned in the present document MAY follow this convention 
>>> where applicable without creating ambiguities with predicate names 
>>> defined in the present document."
>>
>> I'm not sure this is sufficient; specifically, you do not define what 
>> the labels are for any of the datatypes, you only include some 
>> examples.  I think we need to define the concept of a "label" for 
>> datatypes, and the labels for the XML schema datatypes should be 
>> mentioned explicitly.
>> Then, I am not convinced about the naming convention.  Why not just 
>> capitalize the first character? the camel case convention seems overly 
>> invasive.
> 
> what about e.g. "is-string"? better?

I'm not sure Jos is talking about the names of the guard predicates, but 
actually I don't know exactly what he means by a "label for datatypes".  Are you 
talking, Jos, about something informal to use in the English text of the 
document to describe the datatype, e.g. "xsd:string is the datatype for strings"?

-Chris

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