[rdfweb-dev] Re: Syntactic profiling (FOAF document formats)

Victor Lindesay victor at vicsoft.co.uk
Wed Aug 27 09:25:17 UTC 2003

> -----Original Message-----
> From: rdfweb-dev-bounces at vapours.rdfweb.org 
> [mailto:rdfweb-dev-bounces at vapours.rdfweb.org] On Behalf Of 
> Leigh Dodds
> Sent: 27 August 2003 10:09
> To: Julian Bond; rdfweb-dev at vapours.rdfweb.org
> Subject: RE: [rdfweb-dev] Re: Syntactic profiling (FOAF 
> document formats)

> You also suggest avoiding RDF/XML shortcuts, can I propose 
> that you do 
> allow for:
> <foaf:Person foaf:mbox_sha1sum="..."/>
> as well as
> <foaf:Person>
>   <foaf:mbox_sha1sum>...</>
> </foaf:Person>
> It's no great pain to support this kind of short-cutting of 
> non-repeated 
> properties using plain ole XML tools. And as some RDF 
> libraries (e.g. Jena) 
> don't give the programmer control over which usage is 
> generated (AFAIK, anyway) 
> it would slightly broaden the range of tools and data to play with.

This is difficult to define in XML Schema. What pupose is served by
having a choice anyway? Alternative syntax representations are the
problem here, not the solution.

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