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Re: RDF-ISSUE-176: CR comment: BNF expression of RDF Concepts [RDF Concepts]

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:05:11 +0100
Cc: W3C RDF WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C5BA13D9-55DE-4A95-8D57-1D8962A2D6A5@w3.org>
To: Markus Lanthaler <markus.lanthaler@gmx.net>
+1

Ivan

On 13 Dec 2013, at 14:31 , Markus Lanthaler <markus.lanthaler@gmx.net> wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> here's the proposed response for ISSUE-176.
> 
> 
> Dear Richard,
> 
> Thank you again for you comment on the RDF 1.1 Concepts document, recorded
> by the RDF WG as ISSUE-177.
> 
> You noticed that the document does not include a BNF representation of the
> concepts which characterize an RDF graph and suggested that adding one would
> be helpful to developers as it would introduce standard naming conventions.
> 
> The working group has decided to not include a BNF representation into RDF
> 1.1 Concepts for a number of reasons. Most importantly, RDF 1.1 Concepts
> tries to clearly separate between the abstract syntax (data model) it
> describes and concrete syntaxes defined in other documents. We believe that
> the addition of BNF to the document would blur that line and confuse readers
> (as it has been the case in the past where RDF/XML was often conflated with
> RDF's data model).
> RDF Concepts already normatively defines all important concepts and
> highlights those definitions visually. Redefining them in BNF would require
> to connect the BNF symbols to the corresponding concepts. Most of these
> symbols would therefore differ only in the capitalization and whitespace and
> thus be of limited practical value. On the other hand, naming symbols which
> have no corresponding concept defined in the current document (e.g.,
> literals which are not language-tagged strings) is, as past discussions have
> shown, likely to be very time consuming. Unfortunately, there's only very
> little time left given that WG is nearing the end of its chartered life.
> 
> Please reply to this message and let us know whether this is an adequate
> response to your comments. 
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> Markus
> 
> 
> --
> Markus Lanthaler
> @markuslanthaler
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