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Re: Datatyping differences

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 28 Jan 2002 08:31:05 -0600
To: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Cc: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, RDF core WG <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1012228265.3523.184.camel@dirk>
On Mon, 2002-01-28 at 07:35, Patrick Stickler wrote:
> On 2002-01-28 15:03, "ext Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org> wrote:
> 
> > On Mon, 2002-01-28 at 04:53, Patrick Stickler wrote:
[...]
> >> If you don't define the datatype,
> >> or if your knowledge migrates out of the circle of your
> >> control?
> > 
> > I don't know how to make sense of that.
> 
> It's called the global semantic web, where RDF encoded
> knowledge is interchanged around the world between disparate
> applications.

I still don't see how this relates to the design choices
at hand in any technical sense.

> >> What if I need "30" to mean something else?
> > 
> > I doubt you really need "30" to mean something else.
> > Zillions of perl and tcl programmers, for example,
> > do just fine with just one kind of literal.
> 
> But, again, perl and tcl have *BUILT IN DATATYPES*.

Tcl has one datatype: strings.
Perl has one (relevant) datatype: scalars.

I suggest that RDF can do likewise. (see S, idiom B,
for details).

> Sorry for shouting, but I keep having to repeat that
> point.

It doesn't seem to matter how many times each
of us repeats his position; it's pretty clearly
not going to convince the other.

I think I have said what I have to say.


-- 
Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Monday, 28 January 2002 09:31:06 EST

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