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Re: silly question about rdf:about

From: R.V.Guha <guha@guha.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 20:56:06 -0700
Message-ID: <3CB114D6.6312C95F@guha.com>
To: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
CC: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Right now, rdf:about and rdf:id have special status when interpreting
a piece of RDF in XML. If they are to lose that special status and
be treated as any other arc label, then we would need some mechanism
for associating uris with nodes. Otherwise, everything becomes a blank
node.

guha


Uche Ogbuji wrote:

> > 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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