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Re: heading toward datatyping telecon

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@MIMEsweeper.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 11:00:36 +0000
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To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
At 09:31 AM 11/2/01 +0000, Brian McBride wrote:

>>Well, not all RDF graphs can be represented in RDF/XML, so why is that a 
>>serious constraint?
>Because we are chartered to explain to folks how to use XML datatypes with 
>RDF.  I'd rather not say, do it this way, but wait till the next round of 
>specs before you do.  I'll repeat however, we will not let the charter get 
>in the way of doing the "right thing" on this issue.  I'm just exploring 
>whether there is a way we can tripping up over the charter.

I really don't see an issue here.  Allowing literals as subjects in the 
abstract graph, and in N-triples, doesn't change the RDF/XML syntax as 
defined.  Furthermore, if we use Pat's MT work in conjunction with RDFS 
closures, we can explain how to apply XML data types with the existing 
RDF/XML syntax (even if we can't express the graphs that result from RDFS 
closure in the existing RDF/XML syntax).


Graham Klyne                    MIMEsweeper Group
Strategic Research              <http://www.mimesweeper.com>
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