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email straw poll: literal semantics proposals

From: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 17:39:24 +0100
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To: RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>

I would like to take an email straw poll of the WG regarding the options 
for semantics of literals we currently have on the table.  For each of the 
attached options, please could you give a score to indicate your 
preferences.  I would like to have a strong indication of the sentiment of 
the WG by Tuesday evening.

  o Unnacceptable proposals should be given a score of 0.  Please indicate 
what absolute requirement(s) are not satisfied

  o Other proposals should be ranked from 1 to 5, with 5 being most 
preferred.  Give options with equal preference equal scores.

Please note that proposal B includes retracting the decision to have 
datatype values in the graph, i.e. retracts the

   <foo:age rdf:datatype="xsd;integer">10</foo:age>


Proposal B:

   <rdf:Description rdf:about="Jenny">
   <rdf:Description rdf:about="&foo;age>
     <rdfs:format rdf:resource="&xsd;integer"/>

The object of an age property denotes a string literal [*] from the lexical 
space of xsd:integer.

Proposal C:

   <rdf:Description rdf:about="Jenny">
     <foo:age rdf:datatype="&xsd;integer>10</foo:age>
   <rdf:Description rdf:about="Film">

The object of the age property denotes a member of the value space of 
xsd:integer.  The object of the title property denotes a string literal[*].

Proposal D:

   <rdf:datatype rdf:property="&foo:age" rdf:datatype="&xsd;decimal"/>
   <rdf:Description rdf:about="Jenny">
   <rdf:Description rdf:about="Johnny">

Proposal D is proposal C with some syntactic sugar (the rdf:datatype 
declaration) so that it is not necessary to put an rdf:datatype attribute 
on every use of the age property.

Proposal F:

   <rdf:Description rdf:about="Jenny">
   <rdf:Description rdf:about="&foo;age>
     <rdfs:range rdf:resource="&xsd;decimal"/>

The object of an age property denotes an integer from the value space of 

[*] A string literal is an old style RDF literal which consists of a 
unicode string and language identifier.
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