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Re: literals are resources too

From: David Powell <djpowell@djpowell.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 09:24:50 +0100
Message-ID: <653293967.20070727092450@djpowell.net>
To: "<>" <_@whats-your.name>
CC: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>

>>       not true). I'd like to see something like <xsd:integer
>>       rdf:literalAbout="123"/>, where "123" plays an analogous role to
>>       rdf:about. This is the same thing has saying <rdf:Description
>>       rdf:type="xsd:integer" rdf:literalAbout="123"/>. Suddenly we get

> im a bit unclear (perhaps since i don't know rdf/xml). what is the URI for the literal
> resource. is it a blank node? or is the URI just '123' ?

If we wanted to change the RDF model, I could imagine getting rid of
literals from RDF triples, and then reintroducing them as an attribute
(not an RDF property) of resources - like a sort of intrinsic
value for the resource.

I guess you could do that with the current RDF model, if you
restricted your data to not allowing Literals to be used anywhere
other than as the object of rdf:value.  You could then do literals as
subjects, by doing a bnode as the subject with an rdf:value of the

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