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N3 changes

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 23:20:45 -0400
Message-ID: <093f01c0e1a5$06b7dbe0$f99287ca@CREST>
To: "Tim Berners-Lee" <timbl@w3.org>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
An unusually large number of changes having happened to N3 recently, I list
them for any N3 followers

- There is now a distinction between a document (a doc:Work) and the N3
formula it parses to.
This is important whwn one actually starts to look at the loading and
parsing of documents;
it is also plogically essential as forumlae have an identity which is
strictly their content
whereas many documents may have different characteristicsn but parse to the
same thing in N3 or XML.

The main effect of this is that where one has said "<> log:forAll :x, :y,
:z" one must use the keywpord "this" instead of "<>" to refer to the current
context instead of the current document.
The parsers currently generate an id "#_formula" for the context but one
must NOT rely on that.

The RDF/XML equiva;lent of "this" I haven't come up with yet. @@

- Some namespaces have changed. The biggest change is the removal of the
 from  http://www.w3.org/2000/10/swap/log.n3#.  Also,
 - rdf:is  was used in RDF/XML to indicate that the subject o an anonymous
node was exacty the
  given RDF forumula. This is like a property except it infact causes the
graph nodes to be the same.  it is now
http://www.w3.org/2000/10/swap/log#is> as I couln't just put it into the rdf
- the rdf:resource, rdf:about attribiutes, etc., used to be used without
namespaces. They arenow used WITH the namespace RDF/XML generation.

- the rdf:parseType attribute is now assumed to be a qname, and so log:Quote
is used instead of j "Quote", by analogy with "daml:collection".  Yes, it a
lowercase "q", now, too.  ((I suppose it is more like  a Property than a

- -reify now works better, as does -flat. They just list the statements and
convert the output at the end of procesing, before syntax generation.  You
can't put a reification stage into a command pipeline. (To do that, pipe the
output of cwm to another version)


There are some magic proprties added to cwm. They perform limited string
comparison operations See the documentation..

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