Re: BNF expression of RDF Concepts (ISSUE-176)

On 5 Dec 2013, at 13:13, Eric Prud'hommeaux <> wrote:
> There is a large community that counts on type definitions like this. Almost every math-y paper on RDF includes a (largely redundant) abstract type definition for RDF.

These definition that you find in math-y papers are inevitably written in prose text rather than a formal notation, and they inevitably omit certain details that are not relevant to the particular math-y stuff being done in the paper. These omissions are a feature.

> I would expect developers in both of those communities to benefit from a terse, comprehensive enumeration of the elements of RDF. It makes it a lot easier to ask "what does my SQL table have to capture?”

This enumeration of terms on its own doesn’t explain anything. I doubt that any developer can make sense of it without having a read of the actual prose text in sections 3-5. And if they really want a grammar, why not point them to the N-Quads spec?


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