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From stain <...@git.apache.org>
Subject [GitHub] commons-rdf issue #30: COMMONSRDF-51 language tags compared lower case
Date Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:49:22 GMT
Github user stain commented on the issue:

    https://github.com/apache/commons-rdf/pull/30
  
    This pull request returns `getLanguageTag()` in whatever case the underlying platform
does (e.g. I think RDF4J and JSONLD-Java preserves casing, while Jena and Simple converts
to lowercase.
    
    I think it is only in `.equals()` and `.hashCode()` we need case insensitivity.
    
    There's arguments both ways if we should provide a consistent view across the implementations
(e.g. always lowercase); or if we should provide a consistency with what the underlying implementation
does (e.g. if it is preserves casing for presentation purposes). 
    
    Commons RDF don't have any value handling mechanisms now for say converting`"13.37"^^xsd:float`
to a Java float `13.37f` (without going through the underlying implementations and related
methods); or determining value equality, so I think it is not too weird if  Commons RDF doesn't
do anything clever about language tags either (beyond spec  compliance).
    
    But if someone were to add a Common RDF API for such literal value handling, it could
be natural to also add "utils" methods for presenting or parsing language tags (e.g. `isLanguageTagEqual("en-us",
"en-US")` as well as hierarchical comparisons, something like `isSameLanguageTagFamily("en-us",
"en-GB")`



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