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   Re: [xml-dev] Can RDDL and RDF coexist?

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> [Uche Ogbuji]
> No one is saying you cannot follow the namespace.
> [Tom P]
> Actually, someone did, I think it may have been Patrick Stickler.  It was
> pointed out that, in RDF, a URI uniquely identifies exactly one resource.
> If that resource happens to be a namespace, then it should not also be used
> for a web resource, because then it would identity two resources, not just
> one.

Huh?  This sounds like angels prancing coyly on pin heads.

I haven't had time to read Stickler's and Brickley's exchanges in detail but I'd *thought* Stickler was making good sense.  Perhaps I was wrong.

> It isn't completely clear to me, though, that this argument applies, since
> I'm not clear that the common part of a URI reference used as an RDF
> identifier really counts as a "namespace".

There is nothing blocking a local convention of using particular namespaces in the RDF/XML serialization, and allowing agents to dereference the URIs identifying those namespaces to get an RDFS (or a RDDL document, for that matter).  The problem, as I was pointing out, is that it would be a local and not normative convention, and that someone could sabotage it easily while still obeying all the rules of RDF 1.0.

I think this whole discussion has tended to make the matter seem more complex than it really is.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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The Languages of the Semantic Web - http://www.newarchitectmag.com/documents/s=2453/new1020218556549/index.html
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