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Re: silly question about rdf:about

From: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 20:36:26 -0600
Message-Id: <200204080236.g382aQC03643@localhost.localdomain>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
> > > Why is rdf:about treated as magic syntax?  Wouldn't everything work
> > > the same in the grammar if
> > > http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#about were just another
> > > property?
> > 
> > I now I'm pursuing a cheap form of argument here, but I can't resist likening
> > your statement to the old saw: why treat angle brackets as magic syntax?  Why
> > not allow the markup language to define the tag delimiters ...
> Um, nice try, but languages need magic syntax for separating literal
> text from structure.  RDF/XML doesn't need to give rdf:about any magic
> status; doing so is just a sometimes-convenient way of thinkings about
> things.

I don't think I have any idea what you're talking about.  I'll bow out of this 
thread unless I get worried that the ideas herein might actually affect me in 
any way.

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