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Re: Turtle syntax: Please align base URI with RFC 3986 & 3987

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Sun, 26 May 2013 19:19:48 -0400
Message-ID: <51A29894.30006@openlinksw.com>
To: public-rdf-comments@w3.org
On 5/26/13 6:17 PM, David Booth wrote:
> I'm very surprised to hear you say that a relative @base URI would be 
> legal.  I don't think that should be allowed.  That seems too 
> mysterious and error prone to me.
It is legal in an expression oriented RDF notation. A notation that a 
processor would use to encode actual RDF graph serialization.

The expression of an RDF graph  (g-text) and its serialization (g-snap) 
are distinct things. I've been trying to bring attention to this very 
important distinction for a while now.

Sandro pretty much brought attention to this via the g-box, g-text, and 
g-snap distinctions thread last year (or even earlier). We have to 
separate these things so we can speak about RDF to folks without 
confusing them and generating more bad-will etc..

A Turtle document resides in a g-box.
The document is comprised of content i.e., g-text (expression of a graph)
An actual RDF graph can be matrialized from g-text as a g-snap (actual 
Relations graph manifestation).



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