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Re: review of rdf:text, dated 2008-11-04

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 19:10:35 +0000
Message-Id: <BBAB0E3F-DBF2-4B0E-BAB1-68712322BC9F@cs.man.ac.uk>
Cc: RIF WG <public-rif-wg@w3.org>
To: Jos de Bruijn <debruijn@inf.unibz.it>

On 6 Nov 2008, at 19:01, Jos de Bruijn wrote:

>>> In general, I think that this datatype should be based on the XML  
>>> schema
>>> string datatype, and if there are problems with extensibility, they
>>> should be solved in XML schema.
>> It *is* based on XML schema strings.
> No. The string parts of the lexical space and value space are  
> different.

Ooops. I was taking a looser view of "based".

>>>> (And the problem is that future changes will change the meaning  
>>>> of some
>>>> ontologies. I presume that this will be true for some RIF  
>>>> rulesets if
>>>> you have the appropriate facets and builtins.)
>>> We don't have such problems in RIF, because we don't allow built- 
>>> ins in
>>> rule head.
>> I fail to see how that matters. You'll get different answers to  
>> builtins
>> so you'll have different rules firing merely depending on the  
>> admissible
>> characters.
> You're right, I forgot about this point. I was focusing too much about
> the example in the document.
> But, well, there will be future changes in several data types, so I
> guess we'll just have to live with that.

That's a choice. Another choice is the one Boris would like to make.  
There are trade offs to both approaches (including what I think of as  
rather severe implementation consequences of Boris's choice). I just  
want to make sure we argue the actual (de)merits :)

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