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Re: [DTB] Most editor's notes addressed

From: Dave Reynolds <der@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 09:18:09 +0000
Message-ID: <491D4251.9040109@hplb.hpl.hp.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:

>> Then, I find it odd to use an abstract object as data type IRI. I would
>> suggest to use xsd:anyURI or xsd:string.
>> There are no actual objects in the interpretation that represent the
>> data type, so you cannot return the data type itself.

Are there not?

In RDF I can and do make statements such as:

   xsd:decimal rdf:type rdfs:Datatype.
   xsd:integer rdf:type rdfs:Datatype.
   eg:number   rdf:type rdfs:Datatype.
   xsd:integer rdfs:subClassOf xsd:decimal.
   xsd:decimal rdfs:subClassOf eg:number.

and use RDF rules to process such statements (e.g. to implement the RDFS 

I would expect to be to express such rules within RIF and that such 
rules would be able to connect the return value of pred:hasDatatype to 
the frames representing the above RDF assertions.

For example I could write something like:

      eg:isNumber(?X) :- pred:hasDatatype(?X, ?I),

If the return value of hasDatatype were xsd:anyURI I could hack my way 
around it but it would not be convenient or easy to explain to users.

>> I think returning
>> the datatype IRI is the next best thing.
> I had that, but I went back from it, since I wanted to maintain a 
> minimal degree of compatibility with SPARQL's datatype function (which 
> does return an IRI, and not an xs:anyURI typed literal). We had to do 
> all kinds of work-arounds to get to some version where we can 
> "more-or-less" emulate SPARQL's filter functions in RIF. I am reluctant 
> to deviate even further. If the minimal requirement to emulate SPARQL's 
> filter functions in RIF is not met, I personally would consider RIF 
> failed. 


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