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Time to reconsider namespace URIs?

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@MIMEsweeper.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 14:23:42 +0100
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To: Dave Beckett <dave.beckett@bristol.ac.uk>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>

I'm beginning to think we may have crossed that line now with the latest 
round of decisions.

I don't have my thoughts together right now, but I think it was some of 
Mike Dean's concerns that made me think that maybe we should reconsider 
adopting a new namespace URI, so that the volumes of existing RDF data can 
be migrated rather than invalidated.


At 10:33 AM 10/21/02 +0100, Dave Beckett wrote:

> >>>Patrick Stickler said:
> >
> >
> > Seeing as how datatyping is now a part of the RDF core
> > rather than a part of RDFS, should we change rdfs:Datatype
> > to rdf:Datatype?
>We have to tread as carefully as possible since we want to be able to
>justify keeping the rdf: namespace URI the same.  If it seems the rdf
>namespace gets too many new semantic terms (Properties and Classes)
>then the namespace looks increasingly like it would have to change.
>At present, we've removed some syntax things - rdf:aboutEach*
>and added some new syntax things - rdf:nodeID, rdf:datatype, so
>we are on the line.
>If we were changing the namespace(s), we'd surely split the rdf/xml
>syntax terms / semantic terms completely.  But not in this round of
>specs and not at this stage in document writing.
>Just my thoughts.

Graham Klyne
Received on Monday, 21 October 2002 09:07:08 UTC

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