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RE: is a missing triple a constraint violation?

From: <Ora.Lassila@nokia.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 09:46:52 -0600
Message-ID: <B9CFA6CE8FFDD211A1FB0008C7894E469DB564@bseis01nok>
To: swick@w3.org
Cc: w3c-rdf-schema-wg@w3.org, www-rdf-interest@w3.org

you wrote:
> Did the Working Group intend to say that a model that does not
> contain a triple where one should be expected is also an
> "inconsistent model"?  If so, is it appropriate to add words
> to the specification to note that in the case of a constraint
> violation such as this an implementation might choose to infer
> the triple?  I think this would help clarify the intent of
> "inconsistent model" and help set the foundation for an
> "RDF Logic" layer to be specified.

I agree with Guha's original observation that both generative and
restrictive intepretations of the constraints are possible. It is, however,
important to note that these interpretations are very different
(semantically), and I feel uneasy about a situation where the producer (of
some RDF data) uses one interpretation but the consumer (of this data) uses

For example, I (as a producer) could leave some stuff out, thinking that I
use the constraints to generate the missing triples, but then the consumer
of my data could deem it invalid because of constraint violations...

I consider this problematic. To include the additional text you are
suggesting would require us to also point out the possible conflicts arising
from different interpretations.


	- Ora

Ora Lassila, <ora.lassila@nokia.com>
Research Manager
Agent Technology, Nokia Research Center / Boston
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