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RE: Is <Description> redundant?

From: Graham Klyne <GK@Dial.pipex.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001 16:45:13 +0000
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To: "Jonathan Borden" <jborden@mediaone.net>
Cc: "RDF interest group" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
At 10:44 PM 12/20/00 -0500, Jonathan Borden wrote:
>Graham Klyne wrote:
> >
> > I has occurred to me that the "third basic abbreviation" form for RDF in
> > XML, coupled with the RDF schema definition of rdfs:Resource, renders the
> > <rdf:Description> element of RDF redundant.
>One remaining question. M&S states that a container is implicitly associated
>with a Description (see between figures 8 and 9). Is this also true for a
>typedNode? If without a bagID?

My take is that a 'typedNode' (with or without 'bagId') *is* a 
'Description', so nothing is changed.  I read that RDF M&S + RDFS allow any 
occurrence of:

    <rdf:Description ...>

can be replaced by:

    <rdfs:Resource ...>

leaving everything else unchanged.

Hence, I argue, that the 'Description' element is redundant.  Nothing else 
changes.  Alternatively, 'rdf:Description' can be viewed as a synonym for 


Graham Klyne
Received on Monday, 1 January 2001 14:00:48 UTC

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