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Re: What is the most common type of collection or container?

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 09:56:23 +0000
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To: <jimbobbs@hotmail.com>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

I tend to use the collection syntax, because they're "closed" and the 
intended semantics hold up better in the face of arbitrary nbew statements 
being added to the graph.

Otherwise, I tend to use repeated properties (but that gives a set-like 

As for the vocabulary, we're really stuck with that.  The cost of changing 
at this stage would be quite considerable, for little real benefit.


At 00:20 10/11/03 -0500, Jimmy wrote:

>What has everyone found to be the most common type of collection or
>container used in real-world RDF documents?  I've mainly used rdf:Seq or
>rdf:Bag.  I understand the use for rdf:Alt, but I really haven't seen much
>use of collection graphs.  I'm interested to hear about other experiences.
>As an aside, one thing that annoys me about the revised RDF/XML syntax is
>the inconsistent use of abbreviations.  A sequence element is "Seq", while a
>description element is spelled out.  Items in a container use the HTML name,
>"li", which doesn't really mean "list item" anymore; I'd rather call the
>element "item".  I know this is a nitpick, but how about some consistency in
>naming things?
>Jimmy Cerra
>] "A good decision is based on knowledge
>]  and not on numbers" - Plato

Graham Klyne
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