The full triples notation (in RDFs) requires that URI references be written out completely, in angle brackets, which can result in very long lines on a page. For convenience, sometimes is used a shorthand way of writing triples. This shorthand substitutes an XML qualified name (or QName) without angle brackets as an abbreviation for a full URI reference. A QName contains a prefix that has been assigned to a namespace URI, followed by a colon, and then a local name. The full URIref is formed from the QName by appending the local name to the namespace URI assigned to the prefix.
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