Hi all, we're about to publish a last call of an RDF representation called
(Yes, the contact and the subtype in this email are not in synch with those
in the editor's draft -- the email documents plan A and will be reflected
to the editor's draft before publication.)
One question is whether to use "application/ntriples" or
"application/n-triples", with a preference for the latter.
It'd be great to get feedback on the subtype and registration before last
World Wide Wed Consortium
How to Register a Media Type for a W3C Specification
Internet Media Type registration, consistency of use
TAG Finding 3 June 2002 (Revised 4 September 2002)
The Internet Media Type / MIME Type for N-Triples is
It is recommended that N-Triples files have the extension ".nt" (all
lowercase) on all platforms.
It is recommended that N-Triples files stored on Macintosh HFS file systems
be given a file type of "TEXT".
This information that follows will be submitted to the IESG for review,
approval, and registration with IANA.
The syntax of N-Triples is expressed over code points in Unicode
[UNICODE]. The encoding is always UTF-8 [UTF-8].
Unicode code points may also be expressed using an \uXXXX (U+0 to
U+FFFF) or \UXXXXXXXX syntax (for U+10000 onwards) where X is a hexadecimal
N-Triples is a general-purpose assertion language; applications may
evaluate given data to infer more assertions or to dereference IRIs,
invoking the security considerations of the scheme for that IRI. Note in
particular, the privacy issues in [RFC3023] section 10 for HTTP IRIs. Data
obtained from an inaccurate or malicious data source may lead to inaccurate
or misleading conclusions, as well as the dereferencing of unintended IRIs.
Care must be taken to align the trust in consulted resources with the
sensitivity of the intended use of the data; inferences of potential
medical treatments would likely require different trust than inferences for
N-Triples is used to express arbitrary application data; security
considerations will vary by domain of use. Security tools and protocols
applicable to text (e.g. PGP encryption, MD5 sum validation,
password-protected compression) may also be used on N-Triples documents.
Security/privacy protocols must be imposed which reflect the sensitivity of
the embedded information.
N-Triples can express data which is presented to the user, for example,
RDF Schema labels. Application rendering strings retrieved from untrusted
N-Triples documents must ensure that malignant strings may not be used to
mislead the reader. The security considerations in the media type
registration for XML ([RFC3023] section 10) provide additional guidance
around the expression of arbitrary data and markup.
N-Triples uses IRIs as term identifiers. Applications interpreting data
expressed in N-Triples should address the security issues of
Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs) [RFC3987] Section 8, as well
as Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax [RFC3986] Section 7.
Multiple IRIs may have the same appearance. Characters in different
scripts may look similar (a Cyrillic "о" may appear similar to a Latin
"o"). A character followed by combining characters may have the same visual
representation as another character (LATIN SMALL LETTER E followed by
COMBINING ACUTE ACCENT has the same visual representation as LATIN SMALL
LETTER E WITH ACUTE). Any person or application that is writing or
interpreting data in Turtle must take care to use the IRI that matches the
intended semantics, and avoid IRIs that make look similar. Further
information about matching of similar characters can be found in Unicode
Security Considerations [UNISEC] and Internationalized Resource Identifiers
(IRIs) [RFC3987] Section 8.
There are no known interoperability issues.
Applications which use this media type:
No widely deployed applications are known to use this media type. It
may be used by some web services and clients consuming their data.
Macintosh file type code(s):
Person & email address to contact for further information:
Restrictions on usage:
The N-Triples specification is the product of the RDF WG. The W3C
reserves change control over this specifications.
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