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Re: The place of rdfs:Literal's in the world...

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 11:38:30 +0300
To: "ext jos.deroo.jd@belgium.agfa.com" <jos.deroo.jd@belgium.agfa.com>
CC: RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B8F2E136.14255%patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
On 2002-04-29 11:05, "ext jos.deroo.jd@belgium.agfa.com"
<jos.deroo.jd@belgium.agfa.com> wrote:

> (the things are called 'resources', but no assumptions are made about
> the nature of resources.)

Are all 'resources' in the MT members of rdf:Resource?

If so, then literals are members of rdf:Resource, right, in
which case, rdfs:Literal should be rdfs:subClassOf rdfs:Resource,
If all 'resources' in the MT are not necessarily members of
rdf:Resource, then some further clarification is needed.

> For example, a triple of the form
> <ex:a> <rdf:type> <rdfs:Literal> .
> is legal even though 'ex:a' is a uriref rather than a literal.
> What it says is that I(ex:a) is a literal, ie that the uriref
> 'ex:a' denotes a literal.

This seems to conflict with what the Schema spec says, which
is that a member of rdfs:Literal is self-denoting. A uriref
is not self-denoting and therefore cannot be a member of

Do we have a conflict here between the graph syntax and
the general semantics of RDF Classes?

Perhaps rdfs:Literal is not an rdfs:Class? Perhaps it's
something different, a primitive "type" at a level below
that of rdfs:Class?


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