Ivan Herman of the W3C reports, "The W3C RDF Working Group has published a Candidate Recommendation of Turtle – A Terse RDF Triple Language. This document defines a textual syntax for RDF called Turtle that allows an RDF graph to be completely written in a compact and natural text form, with abbreviations for common usage patterns and datatypes. Turtle provides levels of compatibility with the existing N-Triples format as well as the triple pattern syntax of the SPARQL W3C Recommendation."
The document itself states, "This document was published by the RDF Working Group as a Candidate Recommendation. This document is intended to become a W3C Recommendation. W3C publishes a Candidate Recommendation to indicate that the document is believed to be stable and to encourage implementation by the developer community. See the separate information on the Candidate Recommendation exit criteria and the available tests. This Candidate Recommendation is expected to advance to Proposed Recommendation in the course of 2013. If you wish to make comments regarding this document, please send them to email@example.com (subscribe, archives). The Candidate Recommendation period ends 26 March 2013. All feedback is welcome."
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