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From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 11:36:01 -0400
Message-Id: <200108311536.LAA13692@tux.w3.org>
To: www-rdf-comments@w3.org
I'm looking on the issues list and not finding this.  Sorry if I'm
just missing it.

In http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-rdf-syntax/ section 3.2.1 is the example

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The model for the sentence

      The students in course 6.001 are Amy, Tim, John, Mary, and Sue. 

is written in RDF/XML as

  <rdf:RDF>
    <rdf:Description about="http://mycollege.edu/courses/6.001">
      <s:students>
        <rdf:Bag>
          <rdf:li resource="http://mycollege.edu/students/Amy"/>
          <rdf:li resource="http://mycollege.edu/students/Tim"/>
          <rdf:li resource="http://mycollege.edu/students/John"/>
          <rdf:li resource="http://mycollege.edu/students/Mary"/>
          <rdf:li resource="http://mycollege.edu/students/Sue"/>
        </rdf:Bag>
      </s:students>
    </rdf:Description>
  </rdf:RDF>
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which seems to be saying that Amy is her web page.  Even if she
doesn't have a web page, RFC 2616 says that HTTP URIs denote "network
data objects or services" (not people).

This came to my attention in Larry Masinter's duri/tbd draft [1],
which points to this excerpt and says "RDF ... may already provide for
the 'thing described by' indirection."  

And it may: if the s:students relation is between the web page for a
course and a bag of the web pages of the students in the course, then
the example works.  Without a schema for s:students we can't really
tell.  Presumably, the schema would tell us whether s:students was
supposed to relate a course to a bag of students, or a web page to a
bag of web pages.
  
   -- sandro

[1] http://search.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-masinter-dated-uri-00.txt
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