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Re: Alternatives to containers/collections (was Re: Requirements for a possible "RDF 2.0")

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:20:31 -0600
Cc: Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-Id: <B77DC8CA-24BD-469C-BD3B-68F545727741@ihmc.us>
To: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>

On Jan 14, 2010, at 8:46 AM, Danny Ayers wrote:

> 2010/1/14 Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>:
>
>>> * containers (Bag, Alt, Seq) - quiet deprecation would probably be  
>>> the
>>> best bet, supported by clear instruction on how to use Lists
>>
>> Well... partly, I'm still not sold on Lists, they're hugely  
>> inconvenient to
>> deal with in their triple form, and cause significant data-bloat.
>
> I don't disagree, though the theory seems neater than containers, in
> practice they do seem really clunky. Any thoughts on what might be a
> better paradigm? Anything perhaps lightly layered on top of the
> container style?
>

A lot, perhaps all, of this hair could be avoided if RDF allowed  
general tuples as well as triples. All that is needed is some way to  
put N things into a sequence: so, put N things into a sequence. The  
'graph model' would be a hyperlink, drawn as a polygon (eg triangle  
for N=3) rather than a line. In triples-style syntax, it would just be  
moving a dot.

Pat

> Cheers,
> Danny.
>
>

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