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Test case regarding XML Literals and octets

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 14:58:18 -0400
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To: Graham Klyne <GK-lists@ninebynine.org>, pat hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Cc: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>, www-rdf-comments@w3.org, w3c-i18n-ig@w3.org, msm@w3.org, w3c-rdf-core-wg@w3.org

At 09:50 03/07/29 +0100, Graham Klyne wrote:

>At 00:46 29/07/03 -0500, pat hayes wrote:
>>>Are 'binary octets' different from 'octets'?
>>I have absolutely no idea. :-)

>Anyway, returning to the original question (Are 'binary octets' different 
>from 'octets'?), I think the answer is:  not for any meaningful purpose as 
>far as RDF is concerned.

Here is a test case that I am proposing to get clarity on this.
I guess this test would be classified as a datatype-aware entailment

Do the following two RDF fragments entail each other?

<rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"
  <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://example.org/foo">
    <eg:bar rdf:parseType="Literal">XML</eg:bar>

<rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"
  <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://example.org/foo">
    <eg:bar rdf:datatype="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#hexBinary"

Comment: "584D4C" is the hexBinary representation of "XML" encoded
in UTF-8 (which for this case is the same as ASCII). The current
(post-lastcall) RDF spec says that XML fragments denote their
exclusive canonicalization, a sequence of octets after encoding
with UTF-8. The value space of hexBinary is sequences of (binary)
octets (http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-2/#hexBinary).

This seems to indicate that the current spec says that this test
is true (positive entailment test). However, I think equating these
conceptually very different things (XML complex types and a specific
simple type) is highly problematic. I propose that this test be
added to the negative entailment tests (with a corresponding one
making the same statement with regards to parseType="Literal"
and base64Binary, which needs a bit more work for the base64
calculation), and that the spec be changed if necessary to make
this clear.

Regards,    Martin.
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