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Re: RDFON: a new RDF serialization

From: Henry Story <Henry.Story@Sun.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 18:38:07 +0200
To: Garret Wilson <garret@globalmentor.com>
Cc: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-id: <31E54006-5E8B-4755-84F3-C182E9BA5D82@Sun.COM>

Hi Garret,

don't take my criticism as criticism of your new syntax for  
expressing RDF. If it brings on other people it may be helpful. On my  
blog post "the limitations of JSON" [1] I just got wind of a attempt  
to create an RDF semantics for JSON called JDIL [2].

Some questions on RDFON:

   In OO programming languages the "." operator usually applies a  
relation directly to an
object. So


in Java will give the length of the name of the person. N3 has a  
similar notation


You use the . notation for separating the prefix from the name, which  
I find confusing. Well I suppose java does this too with the package  
notation java.lang.String.length ...

How would your language deal with multiple inheritance?

[1] see the last comment at http://blogs.sun.com/bblfish/entry/ 
[2] http://jdil.org/

More responses below:

On 27 Jul 2007, at 17:50, Garret Wilson wrote:

> Henry Story wrote:
>> _:123 xsd:integer "123" .
>> Which is to say that there is a thing, which has relation  
>> xsd:integer to the string "123".
>> my guess is that the relation xsd:integer, is inverse functional  
>> and functional.
> But I disagree with this. Does this thing also have a relation  
> xsd:integer to the string "one hundred and twenty three"? The  
> string "123" is an identifier---no more no less. The *only*  
> relationship the string "123" has to _:123 is  
> eg:oneOutOfTheManyWaysHumansRepresentThisValueUsingUnicodeCharacters.

It would not have the xsd:integer relation to "one hundered and  
twenty three", but
it could have another relation to that

[] en:numberInEnglish "one hundred and twenty three";
    morse:intcode "_...." ;
    xsd:integer "123" .

I don't see the problem here.

>> Now I am not sure if in this case the blank node refers to itself.  
>> I suppose some (Bertrand Russle for example) would say it refers  
>> to the set of sets of size 123, just as 2 refers to the set of  
>> pairs, and 3 refers to the set of triples. But I am not sure how  
>> one should think of it in rdf.
> Funny---30 minutes ago having breakfast I was thinking of exactly  
> the same point, because it illustrates again how RDF uses literals  
> for various unrelated cases. Integers are completely different  
> things than URIs, somewhat different than dates, and parallel to  
> base 64 binary. RDF literals would also be appropriate for Java  
> enum types, such as MyColor.RED or PowerSetting.FULL. In short,  
> literals are used in RDF for everything we can think of that can  
> easily be represented by a string. The string is simply an  
> identifier. It refers to the resource, and that's the only  
> relationship it has to the resource.
> So I would rewrite your example:
> _:123 rdf:type xsd:integer .

That won't work. _:123 is a blank node, and so that is not saying  
very much. It could be any number. But of course you could do the  

[] a num:Integer;
    en:numberInEnglish "one hundred and twenty three";
    morse:intcode "_...." ;
    xsd:integer "123" .

>> _:123 morse:intcode "_...." .
> I'm find fine with that (assuming that _:123 revers to the value  
> 8 ;) ).

Well I was assuming it refferred to the decimal integer 123. If not  
please forgive me, I know nothing of morse.

> We could also have:
> _:123 rdf:canonicalIntegerLexicalForm "123" . (Exaggerating the  
> name for emphasis)
> But the point is that "123" is not the resource. It's just one  
> representation of it.

Yes. I agree on that, right from the start.

>> [] morse:intcode "_...." ;
>>    xsd:integer "123" .
> I think you mean the same thing that I say above, but it's  
> confusing, because in XML Schema xsd:integer is a type. If you mean  
> rdf:canonicalIntegerLexicalForm or something, then fine. I want to  
> reserve xsd:integer to be the object of the rdf:type predicate.

You want to say

"123" a xsd:Integer .

That is wrong. "123" is a string.

but "123"^^xsd:integer a xsd:Integer .

would be ok.

> Garret
Received on Friday, 27 July 2007 16:38:24 UTC

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