[Crm-sig] ISSUE: representing compound name strings

Martin Doerr martin at ics.forth.gr
Thu Nov 22 00:11:46 EET 2018

Dear Richard,

XML is even better. The distinction between XML tags and MARC subfield 
markers is not so substantial. An XML file is still a string. The 
question is about RDF, putting a compound into rdfs:Literal.
So, again, is there a good practice with XML elements ????



On 11/21/2018 6:58 PM, Richard Light wrote:
> On 15/11/2018 21:28, Martin Doerr wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> I would expect that the library or archival community do have a good 
>> practice how to "squeeze" a compound name, such as :
>> "His Majesty Dr. Snoopy Hickup Miller Jr", with respective 
>> separators, in a machine readable string, that could be used as 
>> custom datatype in an rdfs:Literal as one instance of Appellation, 
>> rather than defining all possible name constituents as individual rdf 
>> properties.
>> Could be a MARC string? XML? TEI?
>> This would be very helpful for our users.
> Martin,
> I'm pretty sure that the most recent attempt at doing this will be the 
> subfield markers ($a, etc.) in MARC. which date from the era of 
> punched cards.  The requirement that all of the name appears in a 
> single string will rule out anything that might have been done in XML 
> (where you might typically use attributes or subelements) or TEI 
> (which is, after all, simply an XML application).
> It's a nice idea, which follows the approach of encoding one 
> 'compound' value as a single string, but I don't think we will find a 
> ready-made standard for it.
> Richard
>> Best,
>> Martin
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