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RE: CURIEs: A proposal

From: Misha Wolf <Misha.Wolf@reuters.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 15:36:45 +0100
To: public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org, semantic-web@w3.org, www-tag@w3.org
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Hi Dan,

> I'd like to get a clear answer to whether one could write one piece
> of software that implements CURIEs. With URI references, it's clear
> that one can. But if CURIEs are a cross-language thing, where each
> language specifies how to parse and handle them, then they're not
> something one could implement concretely, once and for all.

Please see my reply to Steven:
   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2006Jun/0113.html

CURIEs are proposed as a more general mechanism than XML Namespace 
QNames.  With the latter, there are some operations you can do 
without special knowledge (such as that embedded in a GRDDL 
transform).  These operations do not include obtaining an IRI for 
a vocabulary element.  I'll re-word your para, replacing "CURIE" 
with "QName":

  I'd like to get a clear answer to whether one could write one piece
  of software that implements QNames. With URI references, it's clear
  that one can. But if QNames are a cross-language thing, where each
  language specifies how to parse and handle them, then they're not
  something one could implement concretely, once and for all.

Misha
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