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Re: "meaningless terms" verbage for Primer

From: Jan Grant <Jan.Grant@bristol.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 11:01:32 +0000 (GMT)
To: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
cc: fmanola <fmanola@mitre.org>, w3c-rdfcore-wg <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.44.0212111059310.16285-100000@mail.ilrt.bris.ac.uk>

On Tue, 10 Dec 2002, Patrick Stickler wrote:

> > I'm still not convinced that "10"@en^^xsd:integer and
> > "10"@fr^^xsd:integer would get treated the same way by all application
> > programmers;
> Well, it depends on what you mean by "treated".
> If they're taken to denote different values, then that's a bug
> in the application, plain and simple.
> However, the language tag might be used to filter some values
> from other values, for whatever reason. This is not particularly
> useful in the case of the xsd:integer datatype, but for other
> datatypes, which contain natural language content which is
> otherwise also constrained by the lexical grammar of the
> datatype, this is a very useful bit of functionality. E.g.

Replace "language tag" with "rdf:value property" (for example) in this
paragraph and you've either got a persuasive argument that rdf:value
_can_ have a semantics or (by analogy) language tag is meaningless and
should be dropped.


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