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   Re: The RDF model *is* part of the problem

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  • From: Arjun Ray <aray@q2.net>
  • To: "xml-dev@xml.org" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 14:28:19 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 2 Mar 2000, John Cowan wrote:

> That is a deliberate consequence of the property-centric nature of
> RDFS.  Properties are global and immutable, whereas classes are
> open-ended: anyone can add properties to your classes, even
> third-party properties, provided they respect the range of those
> properties.

So, what is a class apart from the properties that "range" it?  Can a
class be defined without reference to properties at all (i.e. what
*else* is it)?  Either a huge question is being begged, or what are
being called "properties" might just be better off modelled as
independent links (and thus actually *classes* in their own right.)

I think "property-centric" is a terminological mistake of some kind.
(Though, of what kind, I'm not sure yet:))



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