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Re: Two dialects: ShEx with a SPARQL/SPIN-friendly subset?

From: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:35:11 -0700
Message-ID: <55415C9F.4040806@kcoyle.net>
To: public-rdf-shapes@w3.org

On 4/29/15 3:21 PM, Holger Knublauch wrote:
> Hi David,
> the two dialects that the WG is currently discussing are
> a) SHACL Core (or Lite) - a high-level vocabulary for common things like
> cardinality and value types (similar to Resource Shapes or ShEx)
> b) SHACL (Full) - the Core vocabulary plus the ability to fall back to
> complex queries and macros (likely based on SPARQL)

Actually, Holger, that's not how I am seeing it. Core and full are two 
"levels" of the same standard. David's description is how I see the 
different proposals, (there could be others), and all proposals could 
have a core and a full view.


> The spec draft at [1] calls these Core and Advanced features, and is
> structured to allow readers who are not interested in SPARQL to stop
> after the Core bits.
> Is this what you suggest? I am puzzled by your statement that ShEx is
> more expressive than SPARQL - what do you mean by that?
> Thanks
> Holger
> [1] https://w3c.github.io/data-shapes/shacl/
> On 4/30/15 12:15 AM, David Booth wrote:
>> It seems like there are two major camps in the RDF Shapes WG: (a)
>> those who want a SPARQL/SPIN-friendly language; and (b) those who want
>> a more expressive and concise language like ShEx.  Has the WG
>> considered standardizing a language with two standard dialects, such
>> as was done with OWL?
>> It seems to me that if there is a significant number of people who
>> would (continue to) use ShEx -- either because of its additional
>> expressivity or its conciseness -- even if the Shapes WG decided to
>> standardize a more limited and verbose SPARQL/SPIN-like language, then
>> that is clear evidence that a ShEx-like language *should* be
>> standardized, perhaps in *addition* to standardizing a
>> SPARQL/SPIN-friendly subset of ShEx, as a standard dialect.
>> David Booth

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