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   Re: A certain difficulty

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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>, <xml-dev@xml.org>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 10:52:55 -0800

At 10:46 AM 2/25/00 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>You must keep more than that -- at the very minimum, you probably keep
>a fourth property indicating whether the RDF object is literal text,
>non-RDF XML markup, or a reference to another resource.  Otherwise,
>there would be no way to distinguish the string "http://www.foo.com/"
>from the resource "http://www.foo.com".

This is true; a level of typing that is only marginally acknowledged to exist
in the RDF spec, which seems to pretendthat the difference between a property's
value being a string and a resource is a *syntactic* issue. 

Still, you couldn't discard this information and be left with anything
useful. -Tim

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