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   Re: [xml-dev] RDDL (was RE: [xml-dev] Negotiate Out The Noise)

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Jeff Greif wrote:

> The unfortunate problem with RDDL and all the alternatives except (1) is
> that you cannot tell without looking whether there will be something at an
> NS URI, and if there is, whether you need to know about it.

Suppose you simply decide never to dereference a URI regardless of what it
looks like. How does the existence of a document which _can_ be dereferenced
affect your life? As has already been said, you can always use google.
Indeed a tenet of the RDF framework is that URIs are opaque. One derives the
properties of a resource by what is said "about" the resource, not by
dereferencing its URI. One never _has_ to dereference a URI to use RDF. Nor
does one have to dereference a namespace URI _ever_ if all one want to do is
use XML namespaces as a way to disambiguate element names. What could you
"need to know about"?



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