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Re: dealing with strings in RDF

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 11:10:58 +0100
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To: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>, www-rdf-comments@w3.org

At 14:50 18/06/03 -0400, Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:

>         <http://foo.ex/a#b> <http://foo.ex/a#b> "aa" .
>         <http://foo.ex/a#b> <http://foo.ex/a#b> 
> "aa"^^http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string .
>I believe that it is up to the RDF Core working group to provide an answer
>to this question.

Not speaking for RDFcore, but as I think this is an important point to 
clarify in some way, my view is this:

No, this is not an rdf-entailment.

But there's a related question:  is it an rdfd {xsd:string}-entailment?

In this case I think the answer is yes.  And vice versa.  But if a language 
tag is on the plain literal, then the entailment is off.

My rationale for this is that both xsd:string values and plain literals 
(without lang tags) are defined to denote UNIcode character sequences 
derived straightforwardly from the literal content.  I think the above 
conclusions follow from the abstract syntax and semantics as given (but I 
don't have proof of this).


Graham Klyne
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