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RE: Sloppy inference rules

From: Markus Lanthaler <markus.lanthaler@gmx.net>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:01:42 +0100
To: "'Pat Hayes'" <phayes@ihmc.us>, "'Ivan Herman'" <ivan@w3.org>
Cc: "'Guus Schreiber'" <guus.schreiber@vu.nl>, "'RDF WG'" <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <013c01cdb852$91bffd40$b53ff7c0$@lanthaler@gmx.net>
On Thursday, November 01, 2012 5:43 PM, Pat Hayes wrote

> On Nov 1, 2012, at 11:29 AM, Ivan Herman wrote:
> > I can see this point. However, my understanding is that a number of
> RDF environments, libraries, etc, have optimized along the lines of
> those restrictions. Changing this, ie, removing the restrictions in RDF
> 1.1, would lead to the necessity of major rewrites of existing systems.
> I would expect that to be a big no-no.
> Yes, I think that is the reason for retaining the restrictions. The
> problem with that line of thinking, however, is that this kind of too-
> expensive-to-change argument only becomes stronger as time goes on, so
> changes will *never* get made. And the counterargument is that allowing
> newer implementations to be more accepting does not invalidate the
> older implementations or make them less able to do anything they can do
> now. It just means that they can no longer claim to be covering all of
> the (now larger) language, which means that the argument is basically
> not even technical, but has to do with corporate advertising and image.

Thanks Pat, that pretty much summarizes what I tried to bring across :-)

Markus Lanthaler
Received on Thursday, 1 November 2012 17:02:16 UTC

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