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Re: Typed literals: current status

From: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 09:13:38 +0100
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To: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org

At 22:02 18/10/2002 +0200, Jeremy Carroll wrote:


>Given the deployed code using parseType="Literal" and the I18N use cases such
>as ruby and bidi its a non-starter to try and remove this functionality. But
>if we had two new types rdf:ClassicLiteral, rdf:ClassicXMLLiteral then we
>could move all the complexity of XML Literals into a datatype definition.e

There have been several suggestions along these lines.  I would expect such 
a proposal to get support if it can be done quickly.

>This would address TBLs issue here in that RDF as an abstraction, would be
>free from the XML base.
>Disadvantages are:
>+ defining a datatype outside XSD, not a team play

Not really.  Used xsd datatypes where you can.  Protecting our legacy is 
only reasonable.  Unifying existing M&S specs with xsd datatypes is a team 


>I guess if there was some pull from the WG in this direction, I would be
>inclined to add a note to the doc:
>Note: the WG is still considering whether to unify the treatment of literals.
>This would involve regarding all literals as typed literals, and would use
>two new datattypes (rdf:ClassicLiteral rdf:ClassicXMLLiteral) to correspond
>to the old String Literal and XML Literal respectively.

We don't have time for that.  Make the call.

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