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Real World XML by Steven Holzner

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RDF Syntax

RDF documents are made of RDF statements that describe resources. Each statement has three parts, so it's called a triple. Here are the three parts of an RDF statement:

  • A resource. Resources are typically Web documents that you point to with a URI.

  • A named property. Such a property is a specific characteristic or attribute of the resource, such as the resource's creator.

  • A property value. The value of the property is the property's content. For example, the value of the <Creator> property is usually the name of the resource's creator.

An RDF statement, then, is made up of a resource, a named property, and a property value. In RDF, you name these three parts like this:

  • The resource is called the subject of the statement.

  • The named property ...

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