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Re: rdfs / reification vocab -- progress?

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 09:26:49 -0400
Message-ID: <3F3B8E19.30903@mitre.org>
To: pat hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
CC: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org

pat hayes wrote:

> 
>> re http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-rdfcore-wg/2003Aug/0138.html
>> ACTION 20030808#6 path to draft a sentence for alternative reification \
>>     text to go into schema.
>>
>> Pat, any progress on this? We need something to wrap up
>> http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/RDFCore/20030123-issues/#pfps-11
> 
> 
> 5.3 Reification Vocabulary
> The original RDF Model and Syntax Specification [ RDFMS ] defined a 
> vocabulary for describing RDF statements without stating them. The 
> current RDF specification does not assign a normative formal semantics 
> to this vocabulary, but describes an intended meaning which is described 
> here. 


I'm a bit concerned that some people (particularly those not familiar 
with [RDFMS]) reading the above two sentences might get the impression 
that [RDFMS] defined a normative formal semantics which the current RDF 
specification has somehow removed.  I think something along the lines of 
the following might be more accurate:

"The original RDF Model and Syntax Specification [ RDFMS ] defined a 
vocabulary for describing RDF statements without stating them. [ RDFMS ] 
did not provide a formal semantics for this vocabulary, and the informal 
definition that was provided was somewhat inconsistent [***or 
"confused", or insert some other favorite mildly pejorative term 
instead***]. The current RDF specification does not assign a normative 
formal semantics to this vocabulary.  However, an intended meaning of 
this vocabulary (which generally clarifies the intent of the [ RDFMS ] 
definition) is described here."


> An informal introduction to the reification vocabulary, with 
> examples, may be found in the RDF Primer [ RDF-PRIMER ].


Pat, are you satisfied that the Primer does a reasonable job of 
informally introducing the reification vocabulary, and is also 
consistent with the text you've provided?

--Frank
<snip>



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