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Re: RDF-ISSUE-12 (String Literals): Reconcile various forms of string literals (time permitting) [Cleanup tasks]

From: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@epimorphics.com>
Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:09:35 +0000
Message-ID: <4D74AEDF.2040606@epimorphics.com>
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
CC: Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>, Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, RDF Working Group WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>


On 07/03/11 09:05, Ivan Herman wrote:
>
> On Mar 6, 2011, at 17:37 , Andy Seaborne wrote:
>
> [snip]
>>
>> If we had that
>>
>>      "foo"  ->    "foo"^^xsd:string
>>      "foo"@de  ->    "foo"^^xsd:lang-de
>>      "foo"^^xsd:string  ->    "foo"^^xsd:string
>>
>> i.e a datatype per language tag,
>
> I would not go there. The varieties of legal language tags is huge, and if anyone wanted to do some sort of a datatype reasoning with those, implementers may go mad:-) See:
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> http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-choosing-language-tags
>
> for some niceties...

So have a supertype?

Having the lang tag encoded into the lexical form is a real nuisance. 
Makes things like "get me rdfs:labels preferrring Welsh" a matter of 
string-bashing and isn't that what we are trying to avoid with machine 
represented data?

	Andy
Received on Monday, 7 March 2011 10:10:15 UTC

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