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Toss NTriples -- RDF Reification is all we need (was Re: N3 and N-Triples (was: RDF in HTML: Approaches)

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2002 09:42:54 +0300
To: ext Michael Kifer <kifer@cs.sunysb.edu>, Seth Russell <seth@robustai.net>
CC: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>, "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>, RDF Interest <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B9223C1E.160A6%patrick.stickler@nokia.com>

On 2002-06-04 3:11, "ext Michael Kifer" <kifer@cs.sunysb.edu> wrote:

>>>>>> "SR" == "Seth Russell" <of Mon, 03 Jun 2002 10:35:26 PDT> writes:
> 
>   MK> NTriples can be naturally encoded in XML and exchanged.
> 
>   SR> Is that actually true?   How?
> 
> <triple><subject ...>subj</subject><property>...</property> <object> ...
> </object> </triple>

Why of course. Why did we not see this before?!

We can just use a subset of RDF instead of NTriples:

<rdf:RDF ...>
   <rdf:Statement>
      <rdf:subject rdf:resource="http://foo.com/bar"/>
      <rdf:predicate rdf:resource="voc://abc.org/blarrg"/>
      <rdf:object rdf:resource="#node12345"/>
   </rdf:Statement>
   <rdf:Statement>
      <rdf:subject rdf:resource="#node12345"/>
      <rdf:predicate rdf:resource="voc://abc.org/booga"/>
      <rdf:object>Gumby</rdf:object>
   </rdf:Statement>
   ...
</rdf:RDF>

I hereby propose we toss NTriples altogether and just use RDF/XML
as above for all test cases output.

RDF/XML provides all the mechanisms needed to explicitly express
the precise triples existing in any RDF graph, as RDF/XML.

(not really joking about this, actually ;-)

Patrick

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