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Re: Oh my GOD, another datatype document.

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 18:04:25 -0600
Message-Id: <p0510144cb88773fce5f7@[]>
To: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
>>>  Does this make things easier for everyone?
>>  Yes, it would. But I think there will still be howls if we do this,
>>  because people really want to be able to write
>>  <Jenny> <age> "10" .
>>  and have it mean that Jenny is ten. And if literals are tidy, that's
>>  impossible.
>But we wouldn't get such triples.

Well, we can't stop people writing them. I agree we can do damage 
control by clever deserialization, but some one might just construct 
such graphs by hand.  But that's OK because the inline triples do 
actually mean something, and maybe it would be useful in some cases.

>  > If we are willing to put up with the howling, I'd go along with that
>>  decision. It would make our task easier, it would simplify the RDF
>>  syntax and MT,  lighten the burden on implementors, and it would
>>  enable everyone on the WG to have exactly what they want, all at the
>>  same time.
>Now, I'm not so naive as to think that there won't be howling, but
>I do think that we can package up the convergence solution in such a
>way that it has minimal impact on how folks are presently using
>RDF, with no impact at all to most folks.

I agree. And there is a very nice way to tell a simple story that 
makes it intuitive without having to remember any rules or idioms. 
This is feeling better all the time.


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