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Re: JSON-LD and multiple values

From: Gregg Kellogg <gregg@greggkellogg.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 07:53:36 -0700
Cc: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>, John Walker <john.walker@semaku.com>, "mfhepp@gmail.com" <mfhepp@gmail.com>, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, "schema.org Mailing List" <public-schemaorg@w3.org>
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To: Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com>
> On Jun 9, 2015, at 7:06 AM, Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com> wrote:
> On 9 June 2015 at 14:36, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 9 June 2015 at 15:33, Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com> wrote:
>>> On 9 June 2015 at 14:20, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On 9 June 2015 at 14:52, John Walker <john.walker@semaku.com> wrote:
>>>>> For the record I-JSON forbids duplicate names in an object:
>>>>> https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7493#section-2.3
>>>> So how do you do unordered lists.  Say a user has two nicknames or
>>>> telephone
>>>> numbers (strings).  This is a fundamental part of linked data, if it
>>>> cant
>>>> easily be done it's a *massive* interoperability issue.
>>> It's an array viewed from JSON, but a repeated property viewed from RDF.
>> Got it, so you'd use @list in JSON LD for an ordered list, and a standard
>> array for unordered.
>> But is can I-JSON do the same thing?
> Yup, https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2015/03/23/i-json
> "I-JSON is just a note say­ing that if you con­struct a chunk of JSON
> and avoid the in­terop fail­ures de­scribed in RFC 7159, you can call
> it an “I-JSON Message”.”

Depends on what you mean by “do the same thing”; JSON does not have an unordered collection type, just an array. However, it is a syntax only. Most implementations will take this to be an ordered array of elements, and allow duplicates. JSON-LD explicitly treats these as being unordered, unless the context or an explicit @list indicates otherwise, but that’s due to the underlying data-model being RDF, where values are inherently unordered. Note that element contents in Microdata, RDFa and RDF/XML have a document order, but result in the same unordered set of values when converted to RDF.


> Dan
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