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Re: CURIEs: A proposal

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 18:10:38 -0500
To: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Cc: Misha Wolf <Misha.Wolf@reuters.com>, public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org, semantic-web@w3.org, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <1151363438.16839.476.camel@dirk.w3.org>

On Mon, 2006-06-26 at 22:56 +0200, Steven Pemberton wrote:
> On Mon, 26 Jun 2006 16:44:16 +0200, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org> wrote:
> 
> >> 7   Each language must specify:
> >
> > It's already the case that we have a generic URI syntax specification,
> > which includes one abbreviation mechanism (URI references), and
> > every format/syntax can use URI references and/or other
> > URI abbreviation mechanisms.
> >
> > It's not clear to me what CURIEs are, beyond that.
> 
> Let's try an elevator pitch:
> 
> 	CURIEs are a way of abbreviating URIs.

Not as far as I can tell. From what I can tell, CURIEs
are a collection of ways of abbreviating URIs. At
least, that's what's proposed in
 http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2006Jun/0007.html


>  They are useful for authoring when  
> a number of similar URIs have to be repeatedly used. They also  
> significantly reduce the size of certain types of document. QNames have  
> been used for this purpose in several specifications, but apart from some  
> philosophical problems with their use, because of restrictions on their  
> syntax they also don't allow the abbreviation of arbitrary URIs, which  
> gets in the way of markup that needs to allow just that.
> 
> Steven
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