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Re: Comments on ioctl (was: Re: big issue (2001-09-28#13))

From: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 13:13:01 +0100
Message-ID: <3BC2E9CD.6040102@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
CC: Jan Grant <Jan.Grant@bristol.ac.uk>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org


Pat Hayes wrote:

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> Ah, that is a nice idea. It has some odd consequences, though. Graphs 
> with number labels cannot be stored inside computers, send over 
> packet-switched networks, printed, etc... They have to be Platonic 
> graphs, not data structures. And why stop at numbers? ;-)


This sets my antenae twitching.

One of the problems with the earlier M&S document's formal model was that (at 
least in my interpretation of it) the use of platonic statements, platonic 
resources etc led to all sorts of horrible confusion.

This is one of the reasons I felt the need for a model theory and why I 
preferred to have it based on n-triples - because that was clearly a concete 
syntax.  I've bought the idea that the graph is also a concrete syntax, so using 
that is fine.

I personally would be real nervous if we were losing the clarity of that 
distinction between a concrete syntax and what it means.  We'll be back to 
graphs containing resources and questions about what exactly is a resource, 
which so far, we have brilliantly managed not to need to answer.

Brian
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