Re: about vs. ID

From: Frank van Harmelen (
Date: 01/07/01

Dan Connolly wrote:

> I think perhaps ID="..." is conventional, but it's perhaps
> a convention we should discourage.

Here's the relevant quote from the RDF M&S document

> The Description element names, in an about attribute, 
> the resource to which each of the statements apply. 
> If the resource does not yet exist 
> (i.e., does not yet have a resource identifier) 
> then a Description element can supply the identifer for the resource
> using an ID attribute.


> The ID attribute signals the creation of a new resource and the
> about attribute refers to an existing resource; 

So, this seems to explicitly suggest the "convention we should discourage".
Dan, does this change your mind? (It doesn't change mine).
Ora? (you wrote this stuff!:-)


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