Elimination of container production

We're using RDF to reference papers that we are describing in
an XML-based language in hopes of one day creating an easily searchable
database of biological models.  One of the biggest appeals of using RDF
was the ability to
present an ordered sequence with the use of containers.  We use this
primarily in author listings because, as any published scientist will
tell you, the order in which the authors are listed *does* matter.

My understanding is that part of the reason the containers production
was removed was that parsers should not be expected to recognize that
the <li> elements indicated an order (i.e. <_1>, <_2>, and so on).  But
in Sect. 3.2 of the Sept. 6 Refactoring RDF/XML Syntax, there's the
sentence "rdf:li elements will be translated to rdf:_nnn elements when
they are found matching either a prpertElt or a typedNode."  Is that
sentence just meant to clear up any ambiguity that previously existed?

So for an author listing, would the following indicate an ordered
sequence?  If not, is there currently a way to do so within RDF?
  <rdf:Description rdf:about="#some_article">
      <rdf:li rdf:parseType="Resource">
	<name>Fred Flintstone</name>
      <rdf:li rdf:parseType="Resource">
	<name>Barney Rubble</name>
      <rdf:li rdf:parseType="Resource">

Thanks in advance for clearing this up for me.

Autumn A. Cuellar
Bioengineering Research Group
The University of Auckland
New Zealand

Received on Sunday, 7 October 2001 22:32:57 UTC