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RDFS versioning

From: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@upclink.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 19:57:29 -0600
To: RDF Comments <www-rdf-comments@w3.org>, RDF Interest <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B6B9CE29.2330D%aswartz@upclink.com>
The RDFS spec states: "this specification recommends that a new namespace
URI should be declared whenever an RDF schema is changed." (Other than
confusing namespace URIs with schema URIs) this statement is a rather silly
requirement. 

Following this requirement introduces many issues for software which cannot
resolve RDF schemas and use the subProperty information in them (something
which is to be expected for some time to come).

This recommendation should be removed, or at least lessened so that new
namespaces need only be created when a change that is not
backwards-compatible is made to the schema. That way changes like fixing
typos in comments, adding new properties, etc. can be made to a schema.
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