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Re: what to call the nodes formerly know as

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 15:20:46 -0500
Message-Id: <p05101020b7ce9e8f01bb@[]>
To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
>I think Frank's right.  From the minutes of last weeks telecon:
>DECISION: The nodes formerly known as prince nodes are now and forever more
>known as bNodes.

Ah, I see. I hadn't realized that this meant in English prose as well 
as in Ntriples syntax. It makes for rather unreadable English. 
However, Ive found that replacing 'anonymous' with 'unlabelled' makes 
the prose read OK, and it seems unobjectionable, since whatever we 
*call* them, they don't have labels, right? (Sorry, I forgot to do 
all the CSS fireworks , and just made the changes.)

OK, I have now tweaked the prose to make it both readable English and 
hopefully WG-correct.

BTW, I noticed that I was using 'label' to refer both to node labels 
and to ntriples expressions, which is confusing, so I have changed 
the latter to 'identifier', eg "....a particular uriref or bNode 
identifier in an N-triples document...."  I've also eliminated the 
usage of the term 'qliteral' since its no longer in the Ntriples BNF, 
and erased the last sentence of section 1.4, which didn't really say 

If anyone objects, say so before Friday :-)


>Frank Manola wrote:
>>I thought we had decided to call them "bNodes", which would be indicated
>>in Ntriples by "bNode labels";  you sort of used that terminology in
>>Section 0, but only part of the time :-)
>>Pat Hayes wrote:
>>>What do we call these unlabelled thingies in RDF graphs? I gather
>>>that the use of the term 'anonymous node' is deprecated. I propose to
>>>call them 'blank nodes' in the MT text, any objections?

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