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Re: 'primary' in primer

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 16:16:39 -0500
Message-ID: <3DF50837.5E5C6D6F@mitre.org>
To: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
CC: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org

pat hayes wrote:
> I forgot to mention. You used the term 'primary value' to refer to
> the value of rdf:value (if you see what I mean), and I avoided it
> deliberately because in this context particularly it might suggest to
> someone with a DB background that rdf:value was being used to
> indicate a primary field in a DBS, and nothing could be wronger.  I
> havnt checked whether or not you follow this usage elsewhere in the
> primer.


(minor point)
I have a database background and I wasn't confused (nothing like a large
sample size to prove a point!). 
I think the database term you have in mind is "primary key" rather than
"primary field", and we've never suggested anything like "key-ness" of
values in any of this discussion (A "key" is a unique identifier;  a
"primary key" is selected from among the possible "candidate keys" to
identify rows in a relational table; a row in one table might identify a
specific row in another table using a "foreign key".  Note that all
these involve using various adjectives on "key".  I'm not familiar with
"primary field").  However, if people think it'll be a problem we can
change it to "main" (as you did in your rewrite).


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