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Re: [namespaceDocument-8] RDDL wishlist

From: Jonathan Borden <jonathan@openhealth.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 17:14:07 -0500
Message-ID: <044f01c1bb25$170a2750$0a2e249b@nemc.org>
To: "Patrick Stickler" <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>, "TAG" <www-tag@w3.org>, "Tim Bray" <tbray@textuality.com>
Tim Bray wrote:

> At 08:14 AM 21/02/02 -0500, Jonathan Borden wrote:
> >Patrick Sticker wrote:
> >> 1. I want to be able to use any URI whatsoever to name each
> >> RDDL resource. Not an ID. Not an http: href/URL. Any URI.
> >> Something equivalent to rdf:about.
> >
> >This is an interesting question: should a namespace document be able to
> >statements about URIs not within the namespace?
> Can you guys try again?  I'm missing the point.  The RDDL idea is
> you dereference a namespace URI to get a resource that contains
> description of the namespace as a whole, plus descriptions of
> useful resources each xlinked to the resource itself.  The
> linked-to resources can have any old kind of URI you want...
> what am I missing? -Tim

Back to the model of a namespace. A namespace as a space is a box drawn
around a set of resources. Each resource has its own URI reference, e.g.
suppose the namespace name:


the names 'contained' by the namespace each have names "foo" "bar" "baz"
which form the URI references:


These URIs themselves identify "resources" (or "subresources" according to

The "references resources" are linked to each of these resources which are
contained by the namespace, not the namespace itself (which is a space).

The referenced resources are not directly contained by the namespace.

It was the confusion that the namespace were to directly contain the
_referenced_ resources that was the issue that CMSMCQ correctly pointed out
as being semantically problematic.

This is confusing in prose, but drawing out the graphs/diagrams is helpful.

Perhaps look at
for some thoughts on this (with some diagrams). This was derived from my
talk at Extreme Markup last August, but has undergone some revision.

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