Draft Spec mark 2

Leigh Dodds ldodds at INGENTA.COM
Mon Sep 4 12:44:51 CEST 2000

> I agree with Eric on this one...  in the example below, there is
> nothing in the structure to say where the qualifier belongs...  If you
read the data
> sequentially you might have a pretty good guess,  but a specification that
> relies on sequence rather than the structural relationships and clear
> (explicit?) definitions of components for sense and meaning, is an bit
> fragile in my view...

Exactly. Relying on ordering in the document is very shaky (CSV vs. XML).
Far better to explicitly define how (and to what) the qualifier should be

This could perhaps be handled by statements about statements.

i.e. a. leaf has lobed margins
     b. leaf has lobed margins with spines
     c. b is rare

(I believe this is known as reification in RDF. The relationship between
two objects can itself be modelled as an object, and thus properties
can be attached to it, and additional statements made about it)

Just musing...


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