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Re: XSLT applied to RDF?

From: Sergey Melnik <melnik@db.stanford.edu>
Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2000 13:24:38 -0800
Message-ID: <38C6C516.5CC5423C@db.stanford.edu>
To: caro@Adobe.COM
CC: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Nice classification! The trouble is that currently 1-4 exist only on our
minds rather than in a spec, not even in an inofficial one. It seems to
me that 2 and 3 are fairly straight forward, but I don't have a clear
view on 1 and 4. What should be canonical RDF? And how would it differ
from simplified RDF?

Another issue that we need to consider is a way to distinguish
alternative syntaxes in order to transparently support multiple
serializations of RDF (assuming for simplicity that they are all

XSLT for transformations between syntaxes seems worth giving it a try.


"Perry A. Caro" wrote:
> Has anyone toyed with applying XSLT transformations to RDF to generate
> alternative representations?  For example, the simplified "Just The
> N-tuples" syntax proposed by Sergey, et al?
> It occurred to me that one could get several useful products by applying
> XSLT to RDF:
> 1) Canonical RDF
> 2) Trivial RDF (Just The N-Tuples)
> 3) Simplified RDF (backward compatible to RDFMS 1.0)
> 4) XML Schema compatible intermediate form of RDF
> A complete, open and robust XSLT template for transforming RDFMS 1.0 into
> "Just The N-tuples" could be the basis for an RDF front-end that we could
> all use.  There's at least an order of magnitude more activity around
> developing XSLT tools over RDF tools, why not leverage this activity?
> Perry
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