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Re: silly question about rdf:about

From: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 21:44:10 -0600
Message-Id: <200204080344.g383iA603853@localhost.localdomain>
To: "R.V.Guha" <guha@guha.com>
cc: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, www-rdf-interest@w3.org
> Uche,
>  If you are proposing that rdf:about is just a convenience that we might
> as well do without, then what you are proposing that every node in rdf
> (including property types) become blank/anonymous nodes. N3 does
> use rdf:about, only implicitly.

OK.  Now I'm even more confused.

I am saying that rdf:about is the serialization syntax for expressing the 
subject of the statements in the description block (or description bag, if you 
prefer).  I am certainly not arguing that we do away with it.  After all, if 
we didn't have rdf:about, we would need some other way to specify the subject 
of statements.

And how could anything I said be remotely construed as claiming that all RDF 
nodes should be blank?

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