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RE: "Resource" (RDF vocabulary definitions)

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 17:08:07 +0000
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To: "Danny Ayers" <danny666@virgilio.it>
Cc: "www-rdf-comments" <www-rdf-comments@w3.org>

At 12:34 PM 11/27/02 +0100, Danny Ayers wrote:
>Out of curiosity, is there anything explicitly stated in the document suite
>that would stop:
><rdf:Description rdf:about="http://example.org/aaa">
>referring to the document at the URL
><rdf:Description rdf:about="http://example.org/bbb">
>referring to the document at the URL

We're working on that.  There's nothing in the formal semantics AFAIK, but 
that would clearly be perverse in a practical situation.

There are some words about defining authority in RDF-concepts that we're 
trying to get into the right form so that they recognize the real-life 
context that associates an HTTP URI with what you get on dereferencing.

Part of the challenge here, I think, is to get the formalisms right so that 
they don't come over as artefacts in the real world.  So even if the 
perversity you describe is possible, and behaves in a logically consistent 
fashion, that doesn't mean anyone would want to use it that way.  What is 
important, I think, is that the things we do want to do also behave in a 
logically consistent fashion.


Graham Klyne
Received on Wednesday, 27 November 2002 15:09:50 UTC

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