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Re: Clarifications needed for the Collection construct (with CR)

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 16:53:09 -0500
Message-ID: <3E5D3745.F2600672@mitre.org>
To: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
CC: Karsten Tolle <tolle@dbis.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de>, www-rdf-comments@w3.org

pat hayes wrote:
> 
> (Frank, see @@)
> 

snip

> >  > >
> >>  >The effect is that by entering a non-blank node someone could enter also
> >>  >to the collection construct elements from outside. This means without
> >  > >any restrictions this construct is not fixed!
> >>
> >>  Right, it is not. Nothing is 'fixed' in this sense in RDF. Bear in
> >>  mind - its a centrally important point - that the RDF/XML notation is
> >>  *only* an XML serialization syntax for the RDF graph. Any extra
> >>  structure you might feel is 'natural' in the XML (eg the assumption
> >>  that the listed elements of a container are the full complement of
> >>  the members) is not significant in the RDF if it is not made explicit
> >>  in the RDF graph itself. The relatively 'tight' syntactic form of the
> >>  XML is potentially misleading if this point is not kept in mind.
> >>
> >
> >It should be stated in the RDF Primer!
> 
> @@
> I believe it is stated there. I will forward this message to the
> Primer editor in any case.
> 

The last paragraph of Section 4.2 of the Primer tries to convey this
message.  If it's not clear enough, please let me know.

--Frank


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