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Re: Problem with how to think about lists

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@MIMEsweeper.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 11:00:05 +0000
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To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Cc: RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>

At 05:15 PM 11/9/02 +0000, Brian McBride wrote:

>I've got a problem with how I'm thinking about lists.  I first came across 
>it reviewing the primer, but I've got the same problem in schema.
>We say that the domain of rdf:first is rdf:List.
>My problem is whether the resource at the blunt end of an rdf:first 
>property denotes (ok we are not doing the semantics but this is just about 
>how I should think of this) a whole list, or just a link in a chain?  I've 
>been thinking of it as a link in a chain, and so the term rdf:List is 
>misleading.  But if it really denotes the whole list then there is nothing 
>for me to worry about.

As it stands, I think it denotes just the "link", which (if the graph is 
true) happens to be related by rdf:rest to the next link in the list.  I 
guess the name is misleading;  I'm agnostic about changing it.


Graham Klyne
Received on Sunday, 10 November 2002 06:48:24 UTC

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