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Re: Alternatives to containers/collections (was Re: Requirements for a possible "RDF 2.0")

From: Jeremy Carroll <jeremy@topquadrant.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:23:36 -0800
Message-ID: <4B50A498.1030203@topquadrant.com>
To: Michael Schneider <schneid@fzi.de>
CC: Jiří Procházka <ojirio@gmail.com>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Michael Schneider wrote:
> r own specs as /optional/ features of RDF. 
> This reminds me to OWL 2, where the concept of an n-ary datarange is now
> also an optional feature, and there is a first type of n-ary dataranges,
> namely linear equations, available in its own document [1], maybe others
> will follow over time. This strategy settled some longish and heated
> discussion within the OWL Working Group about whether n-ary dataranges
> should go into the core language or not, and if yes, which and to what
> degree, etc.
> [1] <http://www.w3.org/TR/2009/NOTE-owl2-dr-linear-20091027/>

I think optional features are, in general, a bad idea.
They are technically flawed solutions to political problems.
If there is not consensus that a feature should be in, then it is 
non-standard, and should not be included.

"The greatest way to undo the utility of a specification is with too 
many optional features."

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