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Re: new semantics initiative

From: Dave Beckett <dave.beckett@bristol.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 19:19:30 +0100
To: patrick hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
cc: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <7763.1023905970@tatooine.ilrt.bris.ac.uk>

>>>patrick hayes said:
> >  >>>patrick hayes said:
> >
> ><snip amount="lots"/>
> >>  (6) Does this require any changes to syntax/ test cases/ Ntriples/
> >>  datatyping/ whatever?
> >>  A: No.
> >
> >Until you had used the word 'namespace' in the bit I've cut from
> >above, I would say no.  When namespace appears in the MT, I'm
> >worried.
> >
> >I just went and checked in the MT WD, and you do use it a few more
> >times than I expected.  Hmm!
> >
> >Patrick Stickler has said elsewhere that "namespaces are punctuation"
> >which is a bit strong, but for RDF/XML that is mostly correct.  RDF
> >does not have namespaces in the model (theory).
> 
> I didn't say "XML namespace", I just said "namespace" A namespace 
> means a set of names. A namespace in RDF is just a set of urirefs. 
> Perhaps this needs to be spelled out more carefully. If 'namespace' 
> is misleading, call it a 'vocabulary' or something.

I'm just sensitive to this since lots of people see
namespace==XML namespace especially when in web specs that use XML.
The current MT does use namespace in both senses, if I read it correctly.

Re: "A namespace in RDF is just a set of urirefs."

Have we defined this.  Would be nice maybe and if so, should we have
a way to relate (i.e. a property) the namespace to the set of urirefs ?
Relates to the isDefinedBy discussion ?

Dave
Received on Wednesday, 12 June 2002 14:20:03 EDT

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