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Re: use cases for Literal? RSS? Dublin Core? PRISM? DAML? XAP?

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@MIMEsweeper.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 15:27:19 +0100
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To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
At 08:26 AM 10/16/01 -0500, Dan Connolly wrote:
> > An alternative might be to &-escape the pointy brackets in the literal
> > string;  an XML processor would (should?)
>yes, would.
> > deliver them un-escaped as the
> > actual literal string, I think.
>It's not a very attractive alternative: you lose the benefit
>of being able to check the content for well-formedness
>along with the rest of the RDF. And the user/author has
>to make up some other flag to show that it's not just
>a string that happens to look like XML content, but
>really is to be parsed as XML content.
>I've heard enough from the users (PRISM, dublin core,
>RSS) that it's clear we owe them a specification of how
>parseType="Literal" works.

OK, that was more a covering-the-bases kind of comment than a serious 

I do, however, think that this parseType="Literal" thing is something that 
could, even should, be handled in the processing of RDF/XML syntax rather 
than called out in the model theory.  I think that's consistent with the 
use-cases I've heard.


Graham Klyne                    MIMEsweeper Group
Strategic Research              <http://www.mimesweeper.com>
Received on Tuesday, 16 October 2001 10:35:50 UTC

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