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RE: use/mention and reification: rdf:predicate/subject/object [was: RDF Abstract Syntax...]

From: Graham Klyne <GK@NineByNine.org>
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 21:15:13 +0100
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To: "Jonathan Borden" <jborden@mediaone.net>
Cc: <www-rdf-logic@w3.org>
At 02:02 PM 5/27/01 -0400, Jonathan Borden wrote:
>I would like to see another proposal to implement containers, particularly
>rdf:Seq. I, and numerous others, find the current syntactic contortion of
><rdf:li> -> rdf:_1 painful. The entire treatment of containers a mess badly
>in need of fixing.

I'm not going to argue with that...

>It turns out that lexical ordering already _has_ a place in RDF, my proposal
>is an attempt to fix the current problem.

... but I don't entirely agree with this.  Lexical ordering has a limited 
place in the XML serialization of RDF, and RDF (abstract syntax) may 
sometimes be called upon to represent lexical ordering of items.  But I 
regard one of the strengths of RDF (abstract syntax) to be that the 
information represented is independent of lexical ordering of RDF statements.


Graham Klyne
Received on Monday, 28 May 2001 04:20:16 UTC

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