Re: Blank Nodes and SPARQL

That '!' is a forward path in n3 and :s!:p can be used to identify
a blank node
e.g. in the triple :s :p _:x that _:x can be written as :s!:p

When :p is an owl:FunctionalProperty :s!:p stands for one resource
(I make quite some use of that to work with functional terms but
then the :s is mostly a rdf List)

Jos De Roo, AGFA

Kendall Clark <>
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Please respond to kendall

        To:     Dan Connolly <>
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"Seaborne, Andy" <>, "Eric Prud'hommeaux" 
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        Subject:        Re: Blank Nodes and SPARQL

On Mon, Jul 11, 2005 at 01:46:46PM -0500, Dan Connolly wrote:

> > Care to say why you claim that it doesn't make sense?
> I don't understand the proposal. I don't understand how
> to relate it to what I know about logic and query languages
> (nor our charter, nor web architecture).
> These _!:foo things look like logical constants, to me;
> i.e. like URIs. But you say they're different. I don't
> understand how, except that the scope of _!:foo is
> private to a conversation between a client and a server
> (which seems to break webarch rule #1
> ).

There are violations of #pr-use-uris hereabouts, but I don't think this
solution is one of them. (It may respond to them, it may reflect them, but 
don't believe it *is* one of them...) Someone should yell at the FOAF & 
people about their violations of #pr-use-uris, which happen to make SPARQL
harder than it should be, IMO.

I'm curious why or how OWL-DL got past the relevant W3C review process 
it seems to clearly mandate violation of #pr-use-uris. (Well, according to
one reading of webarch.) And given that that is the state of the world and
the specs as we find them, would we be overly restricting ourselves by not
recognizing this systematic violation?

It's a bit of a crap situation we've inherited, and that stinks. Again, 

Thanks for putting yr objections on record. I think they express a
defensible position, though I think there are other ones as well.

Kendall Clark

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