Description/about doesn't mesh with typednode syntax

I think Description and about play the wrong grammatical
roles in conventional usage compared to their role in RDF syntax.

The typednode syntax is cool;


is a *lot* nicer than
	<RDF:Description RDF:Type="#Book">

but it leads to odd idoms like:

	<Book about="">

which is not a book about that web page at all, but
the other way around!

another oddity:
	<Person about="">

or even:
	<PersonsHomePage about="" />

It would seem that the names that are currently
"Description" and "about"
as in "this XML element is a Description about the resource
at address http:..." should be chosen to fit
"this XML element describes a ___ whose ___ is http:..."
such as Resource and Address or Thing and Identifier.

Then you'd have

	<Person identifier="" />

short for

	<RDF:Resource identifier="http://..." />

which seems much more parallel to me.

[At this point in the process, I was inclined not to send
this feedback. But... better to let the editors consider and
reject this idea than to not share it at all.[

Dan Connolly

Received on Tuesday, 29 December 1998 18:38:37 UTC