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Re: datatyping: local and global

From: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 11:40:12 +0000
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To: Art.Barstow@nokia.com, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

At 09:00 28/01/2003 -0500, Art.Barstow@nokia.com wrote:

>In Mike Dean's formal objection to the Datatyping Solution proposed
>in the Jan 23 LC WD docs [1], one of the alternate proposals he
>suggests is:
>an RDF datatyping approach that includes global
>datatyping (as in Proposal F from [4]) possibly with
>optional local datatyping
>Did the RDF Core WG consider such an option (to support both local
>and global datatyping)?  If so, why was it rejected?

By global datatyping, we mean here that we can say:

   a prop "10" .
   prop rdfs:range xsd:integer .

and an RDF processor will conclude:

   a prop "10"^^xsd:integer .

Yes it did, at considerable length.  This was the issue that caused the WG 
the greatest difficulty.

The short answer is that there is a choice.  If you have global datatyping 
as above, you cannot also have:

   jenny age "10" .
   johny age "10" .

and conclude that jenny and johny have the same age (you need a range 
constraint to draw this conclusion.)  The WG decided that it preferred to 
have the latter over the former, major concerns including the effect on 
current implementations and existing data.

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