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Re: The Semantic Web... in Haiku

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2002 17:21:21 +0100
Message-ID: <00b601c26d54$6a7c32c0$53540150@localhost>
To: "Sandro Hawke" <sandro@w3.org>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

> Oh my god, you're a complete nut!    :-)

:-)

> I beg to differ!   Terms==Names==Identifiers==URIRefs
>             and    Resources==Things==Objects

Agreed, except about URIRef, which I think is a subset of Term. I like the
hierarchy in ConstTerm.py [1], which is:-

Term
  Constant
    Symbol (i.e. URI, with or without #fragment)
    StringLiteral (i.e. unicode character sequence)
    IntegerLiteral (not in RDF '98)
    XMLLiteral (@@TODO: not implemented)
  BNode (i.e. existentially quantified variable)
    (also used for things like lists)
  Formula (i.e. nested formula; not in RDF '98)

Although I still think that Symbol works better as a synonym for Term.
Perhaps Dan can just call that "URI" if and when the TAG decide on new URI
terminology.

>    Terms are names for things:
>    identifiers or "words";
>    their meaning is key.
>
>    Things called "resources":
>    whatever you talk about;
>    give them good web names.
>
> Ah well.  I tried.   :-)

I like the idea of the analogy with words; I had used a similar analogy
yesterday in a (yet unpublished) rant about deep-linking. Anyway, I think
I'll add this:-

   (Terms are also called:
   Symbols, Names, all sorts of things;
   it rains synonyms.

   But Terms are like words,
   they denote, not are, concepts;
   Sandro tells me so).

and link to your message with the last line.

Many thanks for your feedback,

[1] http://www.w3.org/2000/10/swap/ConstTerm.py

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Sean B. Palmer, <http://purl.org/net/sbp/>
"phenomicity by the bucketful" - http://miscoranda.com/
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