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Re: containers: primer material

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@MIMEsweeper.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 17:05:20 +0100
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To: fmanola@mitre.org
Cc: RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>
At 11:38 AM 4/16/02 -0400, Frank Manola wrote:
>I certainly agree that we haven't clarified them!  Unfortunately,
>decisions not to formalize things, or not to clarify things, go against
>the general spirit of a Primer, the job of which *is* to clarify
>things.  What I'd like to do is clarify what things you can generally do
>with containers, and also either clarify what questions are undecided or
>unspecified, or (preferably) avoid getting into them.  However (also
>unfortunately), it's hard to avoid getting into bear traps if it's
>unclear where they are!

Unlike the formal specification, I don't think the primer needs to explore 
every nook and cranny, to describe every edge condition.  I would expect 
the primer to follow a kind of 80-20 rule:  to explain clearly how to use 
the 20% of RDF that achieves 80% of the desired results.  (Or substitute 
your own preferred non-zero values for 80 and 20.)

In this case, I think it's reasonable to recommend that only one of the 
container types be applied to any given resource, without being dogmatic 
about it.


Graham Klyne
Received on Tuesday, 16 April 2002 12:16:50 UTC

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