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Re: Datatyping differences

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 12:53:57 +0200
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
CC: RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B87AFA65.C6E8%patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
On 2002-01-25 19:22, "ext Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org> wrote:

> What's necessarily
> the case is that in S, "30" denotes the same thing in all
> interpretaions, but in TDL it doesn't.

But how do you know? If you don't define the datatype,
or if your knowledge migrates out of the circle of your

What if I need "30" to mean something else? What if it is
supposed to be a monthDay? How about a human age in years?
What if it is a magnitude of kilograms?

And how could one assign some other interpretation either
in S or TDL if "30" always denotes the same thing?

I think that your argument has nothing to do with any
limitation of TDL. I think you will encounter the
same problems with S as well if you leave datatyping
knowledge implicit in your application and yet expect
your data values to be portable to other application
spaces with the same interpretation.


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