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Re: Discussion: #rdfms-identity-anon-resources

From: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 15:04:01 -0700
Message-Id: <v0421010eb76fd9af7088@[]>
To: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
>On Thursday, July 5, 2001, at 09:23  AM, Graham Klyne wrote:
>>In particular, it is not clear to me from the current M&S that 
>>(so-called) anonymous resources are anything more than a purely 
>>syntactic issue -- that a parser resolves by supplying a unique 
>I tend to agree. However, if they do have meaning, I would like to 
>see that special meaning represented using standard triples, not a 
>special representation in the abstract syntax. One example is the 
>log:forSome property use in CWM.
>Please keep this possibility in mind during your work.

The problem with this is that it then becomes impossible to provide a 
single coherent model theory. log:forSome is a good example, in fact. 
If that means what it apparently is supposed to mean, then any triple 
using it cannot be interpreted according to the terms used in the RDF 
M&S, since the latter claims that a triple indicates a relation holds 
between two things; but log:forSome is a quantifier, which is not a 
relation. The intended meaning breaks the earlier semantic model.

I would argue in the opposite direction. If we want to incorporate 
expressions which have special meanings, then provide syntactic 
markers for them, so that a semantics has some handles to attach 
itself to.

Past Hayes

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