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RE: Alternative representation of typed literal nodes in NTriples (and N3)

From: <Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 14:42:09 +0300
Message-ID: <A03E60B17132A84F9B4BB5EEDE57957B5FBAA0@trebe006.europe.nokia.com>
To: <Jan.Grant@bristol.ac.uk>
Cc: <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ext Jan Grant [mailto:Jan.Grant@bristol.ac.uk]
> Sent: 23 August, 2002 14:30
> To: Stickler Patrick (NRC/Tampere)
> Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg
> Subject: RE: Alternative representation of typed literal nodes in
> NTriples (and N3)
> On Fri, 23 Aug 2002 Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com wrote:
> > > How are you disposed towards (datatype, stuff) where 
> stuff may or may
> > > not be further structured?
> >
> > If 'stuff' constitutes (or contains) in some explicit 
> fashion a lexical
> > representation which is interpreted in terms of that datatype, sure.
> I'm sorry if this is nit-picking; conceptually, it seems 
> easier to deal
> with each literal as a member of its datatype, not carrying an
> accumulation of cruft that's leaked from the representations of other
> DTs.

I don't really follow what you are saying.

Are you talking about the XML bit and language code? Or something else?

The the unicode string portion of a literal, as literals are presently
defined, without the XML bit and language code, is a member of the
lexical space of a datatype, and within the context of that datatype
serves as a local name for the value in question. There is a strong
correlation between namespace+name in XML and datatype+lexicalForm in
RDF datatyping. Both have local names which must be interpreted within
a given "namespace".

Yes, it would be cleaner, I agree, to just have the string and not
the other 'cruft' that is residue from the RDF/XML, but I don't think
it's all that horrible to have it there either, so long as it is clear
that it has no relevance to the semantics of RDF datatyping.

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