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Re: 9.1 Property Path Syntax

From: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@epimorphics.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:28:10 +0100
Message-ID: <502A6E8A.7090308@epimorphics.com>
To: public-rdf-dawg-comments@w3.org

The syntax for IRIs is discussed in section 4.1.1.


and there are some examples of writing equivalent IRIs.

This is not in the property path section as this is not specific to 
property paths.

An IRI can be written in <...> form or a prefixed name - it's just 
surface syntax and for execution purposes the expanded absolute IRI is 
used.  There are no prefix names at execution time in SPARQL, only 
absolute IRIs (the same is true of RDF).

Implementers need to treate prefix names as surface syntax for absolute 

 > $names = $person->all('foaf:knows/foaf:name');

Somewhere EasyRdf needs to provide the prefix mapping for "foaf:" 
because foaf:knows is just shorthand for
<http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/knows> which is what will appear in the data 
to be matched.


On 13/08/12 11:09, Nicholas Humfrey wrote:
> Hello,
> I am looking at implementing a small subset of the SPARQL 1.1 Property Path
> syntax in EasyRdf. Although it doesn't support SPARQL querying internally,
> the property path syntax is useful for fetching values like this:
> $names = $person->all('foaf:knows/foaf:name');
> However I am finding the Property Path Syntax for an IRI is slightly
> confusing:
> "iri is either an IRI written in full or abbreviated by a prefixed name"
> How should implementers distinguish between an IRI and a property path?
> Shouldn't a full IRI be enclosed in angle brackets?
> <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/knows>
> Hence property paths can only be used with prefixed names? I think an
> example might help.
> Thanks,
> nick.
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