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Re: agenda for rdfcore 2003-09-12 telecon

From: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 18:50:16 +0100
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20030912184211.02e40ec0@127.0.0.1>
To: Jan Grant <Jan.Grant@bristol.ac.uk>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org, ext Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>

I'm broadly sympathetic to Jan's comments, but I do wonder where it leaves 
the interoperability report if developers choose to implement something 
that goes beyond strict RDF.  My impression was that a test-case failure is 
to be regarded as a serious non-conformance.  I suppose we can say 
something like:

    _:a eg:prop " 3 "^^xsd:integer .

does not entail

    _:a eg:prop "3"^^xsd:integer .

and I'm fine with that, because if an implementation chooses to infer the 
second from the first, it's not violating the RDF specification, just 
making an inference not required by it.

In saying this, I have no strong opinion about the handling of whitespace 
around XML schema datatypes, and would really prefer to defer to the XML 
schema working group on this.

#g
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At 11:33 12/09/03 +0100, Jan Grant wrote:

>On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Patrick Stickler wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >
> > 9:  Brian's alternate design writeup: summary of pros/cons
> >
> > See 
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-rdfcore-wg/2003Sep/0099.html and
> > subsequent discussion.
> >
> >       If I am absent, please record my objection
> >       to Brian's "discussed" design, on the (primary)
> >       basis of backwards incompatibility.
> >
> > 12: " 3 "^^xsd:integer / xml schema and whitespace: can this be wrapped up?
> >
> > http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-rdfcore-wg/2003Sep/0085.html 
> generated
> > a huge amount of traffic. Where are we up to?
> >
> >       I would like to officially propose that the WG's
> >       last decision, to not fudge and to remove the
> >       problemmatic test cases (due to ambiguity
> >       in the XML Schema specs) to be upheld and
> >       that no changes be made to our design nor no
> >       attempt be made by us to interpret/clarify the
> >       XML Schema specs.
>
>While I'm ambivalent about the resolution of xmlsch-02, I'd like to
>propose we keep the test cases involved:
>
>- they represent our considered opinion on the xmlsch-02. I've heard
>PatS argue strongly that the situation in those test cases is _exactly_
>what the XML schema specs say; there certainly appears to be no
>ambiguity in his interpretation of those.
>
>- this appears to be a point where interop between implementations may
>fall down.
>
>On the other hand:
>
>- we've had implementor feedback that existing XML/XSD libraries don't
>do the right thing;
>
>- I'm sorry to say that I have the impression that the withdrawal of
>this test case was motivated by the desire to "smoothe the process".
>
>I expect to be at the meeting; in any case unless there's a better
>technical argument I object to the removal of the test cases in
>question.
>
>--
>jan grant, ILRT, University of Bristol. http://www.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/
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GK@NineByNine.org
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