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Re: Social meanings [was:Re: interpretations, time, and HTTP...]

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 16 Dec 2002 15:49:51 -0600
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Cc: Graham Klyne <GK@NineByNine.org>, Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <1040075391.11336.60.camel@dirk.dm93.org>

On Mon, 2002-12-16 at 11:02, pat hayes wrote:
> In general , this whole issue is a can of worms to get exactly right, 
> so the less specific we are, the better, seems to me. We should be 
> diluting the colors here, not painting bold clear strokes.

Perhaps; but the WG did make a decision on this issue (rdfms-assertion)
so the editor's can't backtrack too far without reopening the

> Can't we just say that all uris can be traced to their 'owner' using 
> standard (ie non-RDF-particular) protocols and registration rules, 
> and that any uses of a uriref in any RDF published by the owner of 
> the uriref can be taken to be assertions made by the owner, and hence 
> authoritative, but that the owner is not necessarily responsible for 
> assertions made in RDF published by others, even if they use the 
> owner's URIs. In other words, I cannot be held responsible for 
> anything that someone else says using my vocabulary; but I am 
> responsible for using other people's vocabulary in ways that reflect 
> their published intended meanings.

Yes, that seems to cover it...

I don't exactly understand how that's different from what
you're arguing against, but if you like those
words, so do I.

> Seems to me that this is about all that we need to say (maybe with 
> some examples)

yes, please.

>  and that it is potentially dangerous to say more than 
> this. I would prefer to avoid all references to 'defining' or 
> 'definitive' or 'interpretation' when talking about RDF meanings.
Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Monday, 16 December 2002 16:51:07 UTC

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