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Re: QNames for Better Visuals?

From: Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2002 09:08:44 -0500
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
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[<tony_hammond@harcourt.com>]

>
> I wondered what people think of using QNames for properties in
(especially)
> SVG graphics and tucking away the URIs into XLinks. See:
>
>      http://www2.elsevier.co.uk/~tony/cookbook/
>
> Resource URIs are also truncated (but linked), as are literals. This
allows
> for more detail to be compressed into a single screen shot. As an example
> the "Extended Article" SVG is much easier to read than if it had been
> decorated with full-blown URIs. Would be neat if some of the other
> GraphViz-based tools (Validator, IsaViz, etc) supported an option to
render
> in this more compressed form. Seems to me that the property URIs are not
of
> primary interest to the *human* reader but instead deflect attention from
> the main subject matter.
>

Displayable labels are always a problem.  The obvious thing to do is to have
a "label" property and display that if it is present, but if that convention
isn't followed, what should be displayed?  The Topic Map people have paid a
lot of attention to naming and labeling, with scoped names and variant
names.  The work could be used for RDF- another convention, of course.

Cheers,

Tom P
Received on Friday, 5 April 2002 09:04:11 GMT

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