The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a general-purpose language for representing information in the Web.

This document defines a textual syntax for RDF called TriG that allows an RDF dataset to be completely written in a compact and natural text form, with abbreviations for common usage patterns and datatypes. TriG is an extension of the Turtle [turtle] format.

Status of This Document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http://www.w3.org/TR/.

TriG is intended the meet the charter requirement of the RDF Working Group to define an RDF syntax for multiple graphs. TriG is an extension of the Turtle syntax for RDF [turtle]. The current document is based on the original proposal by Chris Bizer and Richard Cyganiak.

The RDF WG welcomes reports of implementations, sent to the comments address. If we gather sufficient evidence of interoperable implementations, the group may request to skip Call for Implementations (Candidate Recommendation) drafts and have the next round of publications be Proposed Recommendations.

This document was published by the RDF Working Group as a Last Call Working Draft. This document is intended to become a W3C Recommendation. If you wish to make comments regarding this document, please send them to public-rdf-comments@w3.org (subscribe, archives). The Last Call period ends 11 October 2013. All comments are welcome.

Publication as a Last Call Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

This is a Last Call Working Draft and thus the Working Group has determined that this document has satisfied the relevant technical requirements and is sufficiently stable to advance through the Technical Recommendation process.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

This document defines TriG, a concrete syntax for RDF as defined in the RDF Concepts and Abstract Syntax ([rdf11-concepts]). TriG is an extension of Turtle ([turtle]), extended to support representing a complete RDF Dataset.

2. TriG Language

This section is non-normative.

A TriG document allows writing down an RDF Dataset in a compact textual form. It consists of a sequence of directives, triple statements, graph statements which contain triple-generating statements and optional blank lines. Comments may be given after a # that is not part of another lexical token and continue to the end of the line.

Graph statements are a pair of an IRI or blank node label and a group of triple statements surrounded by {}. The IRI or blank node label of the graph statement may be used in another graph statement which implies taking the union of the tripes generated by each graph statement. An IRI or blank node label used as a graph label may also reoccur as part of any triple statement. Optionally a graph statement may not not be labeled with an IRI. Such a graph statement corresponds to the Default Graph of an RDF Dataset.

The construction of an RDF Dataset from a TriG document is defined in section 4. TriG Grammar and section 5. Parsing.

2.1 Triple Statements

This section is non-normative.

As TriG is an extention of the Turtle language it allows for any constructs from the Turtle language. Simple Triples, Predicate Lists, and Object Lists can all be used either inside a graph statement, or on their own as in a Turtle document. When outside a graph statement, the triples are considered to be part of the default graph of the RDF Dataset.

2.2 Graph Statements

A graph statement pairs an IRI or blank node with a RDF graph. The triple statements that make up the graph are enclosed in {}.

In a TriG document a graph IRI or blank node may be used as label for more than one graph statements. The graph label of a graph statement may be omitted. In this case the graph is considered the default graph of the RDF Dataset.

A RDF Dataset might contain only a single graph.

Example 1
# This document encodes one graph.
@prefix ex: <http://www.example.org/vocabulary#> .
@prefix : <http://www.example.org/exampleDocument#> .

:G1 { :Monica a ex:Person ;
              ex:name "Monica Murphy" ;      
              ex:homepage <http://www.monicamurphy.org> ;
              ex:email <mailto:monica@monicamurphy.org> ;
              ex:hasSkill ex:Management ,
                          ex:Programming . } 

A RDF Dataset may contain a default graph, and named graphs.

Example 2
# This document contains a default graph and two named graphs.

@prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> .
@prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> .
@prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> .

# default graph
      <http://example.org/bob> dc:publisher "Bob" . 
      <http://example.org/alice> dc:publisher "Alice" .

       _:a foaf:name "Bob" . 
       _:a foaf:mbox <mailto:bob@oldcorp.example.org> .
       _:a foaf:knows _:b .
       _:b foaf:name "Alice" . 
       _:b foaf:mbox <mailto:alice@work.example.org> .

TriG provides various alternative ways to write graphs and triples, giving the data writer choices for clarity:

Example 3
# This document contains a same data as the
previous example.

@prefix rdf: <http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#> .
@prefix dc: <http://purl.org/dc/terms/> .
@prefix foaf: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/> .

# default graph - no {} used.
<http://example.org/bob> dc:publisher "Bob" . 
<http://example.org/alice> dc:publisher "Alice" .

# GRAPH keyword to highlight a named graph
# Abbreviation of triples using ;
GRAPH <http://example.org/bob> 
   [] foaf:name "Bob" ; 
      foaf:mbox <mailto:bob@oldcorp.example.org> ;
      foaf:knows _:b .
GRAPH <http://example.org/alice>
    _:b foaf:name "Alice" ;
        foaf:mbox <mailto:alice@work.example.org> 

2.3 Other Terms

All other terms and directives come from Turtle.

2.3.1 Special Considerations for Blank Nodes

This section is non-normative.

BlankNodes sharing the same label in differently labeled graph statements are considered to be the same BlankNode.

3. Conformance

As well as sections marked as non-normative, all authoring guidelines, diagrams, examples, and notes in this specification are non-normative. Everything else in this specification is normative.

The key words MUST, MUST NOT, REQUIRED, SHOULD, SHOULD NOT, RECOMMENDED, MAY, and OPTIONAL in this specification are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

This specification defines conformance criteria for:

A conforming TriG document is a Unicode string that conforms to the grammar and additional constraints defined in section 4. TriG Grammar, starting with the trigDoc production. A TriG document serializes an RDF dataset.

A conforming TriG parser is a system capable of reading TriG documents on behalf of an application. It makes the serialized RDF dataset, as defined in section 5. Parsing, available to the application, usually through some form of API.

The IRI that identifies the TriG language is: http://www.w3.org/ns/formats/TriG


This specification does not define how TriG parsers handle non-conforming input documents.

3.1 Media Type and Content Encoding

The media type of TriG is application/trig. The content encoding of TriG content is always UTF-8.

4. TriG Grammar

A TriG document is a Unicode[UNICODE] character string encoded in UTF-8. Unicode characters only in the range U+0000 to U+10FFFF inclusive are allowed.

4.1 White Space

White space (production WS) is used to separate two terminals which would otherwise be (mis-)recognized as one terminal. Rule names below in capitals indicate where white space is significant; these form a possible choice of terminals for constructing a TriG parser.

White space is significant in the production String.


Comments in TriG take the form of '#', outside an IRI or a string, and continue to the end of line (marked by characters U+000D or U+000A) or end of file if there is no end of line after the comment marker. Comments are treated as white space.

4.3 IRI References

Relative IRIs are resolved with base IRIs as per Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax [RFC3986] using only the basic algorithm in section 5.2. Neither Syntax-Based Normalization nor Scheme-Based Normalization (described in sections 6.2.2 and 6.2.3 of RFC3986) are performed. Characters additionally allowed in IRI references are treated in the same way that unreserved characters are treated in URI references, per section 6.5 of Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs) [RFC3987].

The @base directive defines the Base IRI used to resolve relative IRIs per RFC3986 section 5.1.1, "Base URI Embedded in Content". Section 5.1.2, "Base URI from the Encapsulating Entity" defines how the In-Scope Base IRI may come from an encapsulating document, such as a SOAP envelope with an xml:base directive or a mime multipart document with a Content-Location header. The "Retrieval URI" identified in 5.1.3, Base "URI from the Retrieval URI", is the URL from which a particular TriG document was retrieved. If none of the above specifies the Base URI, the default Base URI (section 5.1.4, "Default Base URI") is used. Each @base directive sets a new In-Scope Base URI, relative to the previous one.

4.4 Escape Sequences

There are three forms of escapes used in TriG documents:

Context where each kind of escape sequence can be used
reserved character
IRIs, used as RDF terms or as in @prefix or @base declarations yes no no
local names no no yes
Strings yes yes no

%-encoded sequences are in the character range for IRIs and are explicitly allowed in local names. These appear as a '%' followed by two hex characters and represent that same sequence of three characters. These sequences are not decoded during processing. A term written as <http://a.example/%66oo-bar> in TriG designates the IRI http://a.example/%66oo-bar and not IRI http://a.example/foo-bar. A term written as ex:%66oo-bar with a prefix @prefix ex: <http://a.example/> also designates the IRI http://a.example/%66oo-bar.

4.5 Grammar

The RDF Working Group has included the following features; these may be removed due to implementor feedback.

Feedback, both positive and negative, is invited by sending email to mailing list public-rdf-comments@w3.org (subscribe, archives).

Feature At Risk

GRAPH keyword

In this version of TriG, but not previous versions, the keyword GRAPH may occur before graph names, as specified in the grammar.

This feature aligns with the syntax of SPARQL, specifically SPARQL Update, so sections of a TriG document can be cut-and-pasted into SPARQL update requests, and people used to reading SPARQL can more easily understand TriG documents.

This keyword may cause a syntax error in older parsers, so its use should be avoided until all likely TriG-consuming systems have updated parsers. Once updated parsers are widespread, the use of GRAPH keyword is suggested to provide alignment with SPARQL.

This feature is marked as being "at risk", which means the Working Group seeks feedback from the community on whether to allow the GRAPH keyword. The group may remove this feature without publishing another Last Call Working Draft. Users with a strong preference or with information which might influence the Working Group's decision whether to keep this feature are encouraged to send feedback.

Previous publications of Turtle and TriG already included PREFIX and BASE keywords.

Feature At Risk

Unenclosed Triples

In this version of TriG, but not previous versions, triples in the default graph are allowed to occur without requiring enclosing braces ( {...}). outside of any curly braces.

This feature is provided in order to align the TriG syntax with the SPARQL syntax, to allow for cut-and-paste and for easier TriG comprehension by people working with SPARQL. It also makes TriG an extension of Turtle; a TriG file using bare triples and no named graphs is also a Turtle file (with the same semantics).

Bare triples will not be understood by some older TriG parsers, so their use should be avoided until all likely TriG-consuming systems have updated parsers. Once updated parsers are widespread, the use of bare triples is suggested to provide alignment with SPARQL.

This feature is marked as being "at risk", which means the Working Group seeks feedback from the community on whether to allow bare triple in TriG. The group might remove this feature without publishing another Last Call Working Draft. Users with a strong preference or with information which might influence the Working Group's decision whether to keep this feature are encouraged to send feedback.

The EBNF used here is defined in XML 1.0 [EBNF-NOTATION]. Production labels consisting of a number and a final 'g' are unique to TriG. All Production labels consisting of only a number reference the production with that number in the Turtle grammar [turtle]. Production labels consisting of a number and a final 's', e.g. [60s], reference the production with that number in the SPARQL Query Language for RDF grammar [RDF-SPARQL-QUERY].


  1. A blank node label represents the same blank node throughout the TriG document.
  2. Keywords in single quotes ( '@base', '@prefix', 'a', 'true', 'false') are case-sensitive. Keywords in double quotes ( "BASE", "PREFIX" "GRAPH" ) are case-insensitive.
  3. Escape sequences markers \u, \U and those in ECHAR are case sensitive.
  4. When tokenizing the input and choosing grammar rules, the longest match is chosen.
  5. The TriG grammar is LL(1) and LALR(1) when the rules with uppercased names are used as terminals.
  6. The entry point into the grammar is trigDoc.
  7. In signed numbers, no white space is allowed between the sign and the number.
  8. The [162s] ANON ::= '[' WS* ']' token allows any amount of white space and comments between []s. The single space version is used in the grammar for clarity.
  9. The strings '@prefix' and '@base' match the pattern for LANGTAG, though neither "prefix" nor "base" are registered language subtags. This specification does not define whether a quoted literal followed by either of these tokens (e.g. "Z"@base) is in the TriG language.
[1g] trigDoc ::= (directive | block)*
[2g] block ::= triplesOrGraph | wrappedGraph | triples2 | "GRAPH" labelOrSubject wrappedGraph
[3g] triplesOrGraph ::= labelOrSubject (wrappedGraph | predicateObjectList '.')
[4g] triples2 ::= (blankNodePropertyList | collection) predicateObjectList? '.'
[5g] wrappedGraph ::= '{' triplesBlock? '}'
[6g] triplesBlock ::= triples ('.' triplesBlock?)?
[7g] labelOrSubject ::= iri | BlankNode
[3] directive ::= prefixID | base | sparqlPrefix | sparqlBase
[4] prefixID ::= '@prefix' PNAME_NS IRIREF '.'
[5] base ::= '@base' IRIREF '.'
[5s] sparqlPrefix ::= "PREFIX" PNAME_NS IRIREF
[6s] sparqlBase ::= "BASE" IRIREF
[6] triples ::= subject predicateObjectList | blankNodePropertyList predicateObjectList?
[7] predicateObjectList ::= verb objectList (';' (verb objectList)?)*
[8] objectList ::= object (',' object)*
[9] verb ::= predicate | 'a'
[10] subject ::= iri | blank
[11] predicate ::= iri
[12] object ::= iri | blank | blankNodePropertyList | literal
[13] literal ::= RDFLiteral | NumericLiteral | BooleanLiteral
[14] blank ::= BlankNode | collection
[15] blankNodePropertyList ::= '[' predicateObjectList ']'
[16] collection ::= '(' object* ')'
[17] NumericLiteral ::= INTEGER | DECIMAL | DOUBLE
[128s] RDFLiteral ::= String (LANGTAG | '^^' iri)?
[133s] BooleanLiteral ::= 'true' | 'false'
[135s] iri ::= IRIREF | PrefixedName
[136s] PrefixedName ::= PNAME_LN | PNAME_NS
[137s] BlankNode ::= BLANK_NODE_LABEL | ANON

Productions for terminals

[19] IRIREF ::= '<' ([^#x00-#x20<>"{}|^`\] | UCHAR)* '>'
[139s] PNAME_NS ::= PN_PREFIX? ':'
[141s] BLANK_NODE_LABEL ::= '_:' (PN_CHARS_U | [0-9]) ((PN_CHARS | '.')* PN_CHARS)?
[144s] LANGTAG ::= '@' [a-zA-Z]+ ('-' [a-zA-Z0-9]+)*
[20] INTEGER ::= [+-]? [0-9]+
[21] DECIMAL ::= [+-]? ([0-9]* '.' [0-9]+)
[22] DOUBLE ::= [+-]? ([0-9]+ '.' [0-9]* EXPONENT | '.' [0-9]+ EXPONENT | [0-9]+ EXPONENT)
[154s] EXPONENT ::= [eE] [+-]? [0-9]+
[23] STRING_LITERAL_QUOTE ::= '"' ([^#x22#x5C#xA#xD] | ECHAR | UCHAR)* '"'
[24] STRING_LITERAL_SINGLE_QUOTE ::= "'" ([^#x27#x5C#xA#xD] | ECHAR | UCHAR)* "'"
[25] STRING_LITERAL_LONG_SINGLE_QUOTE ::= "'''" (("'" | "''")? [^'\] | ECHAR | UCHAR)* "'''"
[26] STRING_LITERAL_LONG_QUOTE ::= '"""' (('"' | '""')? [^"\] | ECHAR | UCHAR)* '"""'
[159s] ECHAR ::= '\' [tbnrf\"']
[160s] NIL ::= '(' WS* ')'
[161s] WS ::= #x20 | #x9 | #xD | #xA
[162s] ANON ::= '[' WS* ']'
[163s] PN_CHARS_BASE ::= [A-Z] | [a-z] | [#00C0-#00D6] | [#00D8-#00F6] | [#00F8-#02FF] | [#0370-#037D] | [#037F-#1FFF] | [#200C-#200D] | [#2070-#218F] | [#2C00-#2FEF] | [#3001-#D7FF] | [#F900-#FDCF] | [#FDF0-#FFFD] | [#10000-#EFFFF]
[164s] PN_CHARS_U ::= PN_CHARS_BASE | '_'
[166s] PN_CHARS ::= PN_CHARS_U | '-' | [0-9] | #00B7 | [#0300-#036F] | [#203F-#2040]
[168s] PN_LOCAL ::= (PN_CHARS_U | ':' | [0-9] | PLX) ((PN_CHARS | '.' | ':' | PLX)* (PN_CHARS | ':' | PLX))?
[170s] PERCENT ::= '%' HEX HEX
[171s] HEX ::= [0-9] | [A-F] | [a-f]
[172s] PN_LOCAL_ESC ::= '\' ('_' | '~' | '.' | '-' | '!' | '$' | '&' | "'" | '(' | ')' | '*' | '+' | ',' | ';' | '=' | '/' | '?' | '#' | '@' | '%')

5. Parsing

The RDF Concepts and Abstract Syntax ([RDF-CONCEPTS]) specification defines three types of RDF Term: IRIs, literals and blank nodes. Literals are composed of a lexical form and an optional language tag [BCP47] or datatype IRI. An extra type, prefix, is used during parsing to map string identifiers to namespace IRIs. This section maps a string conforming to the grammar in section 4.5 Grammar to a set of triples by mapping strings matching productions and lexical tokens to RDF terms or their components (e.g. language tags, lexical forms of literals). Grammar productions change the parser state and emit triples.

5.1 Parser State

Parsing TriG requires a state of six items:

5.2 RDF Term Constructors

This table maps productions and lexical tokens to RDF terms or components of RDF terms listed in section 5. Parsing:

production type procedure
IRIREF IRI The characters between "<" and ">" are taken, with the numeric escape sequences unescaped, to form the unicode string of the IRI. Relative IRI resolution is performed per section 4.3 IRI References.
PNAME_NS prefix When used in a prefixID or sparqlPrefix production, the prefix is the potentially empty unicode string matching the first argument of the rule is a key into the namespaces map.
IRI When used in a PrefixedName production, the iri is the value in the namespaces map corresponding to the first argument of the rule.
PNAME_LN IRI A potentially empty prefix is identified by the first sequence, PNAME_NS. The namespaces map MUST have a corresponding namespace. The unicode string of the IRI is formed by unescaping the reserved characters in the second argument, PN_LOCAL, and concatenating this onto the namespace.
STRING_LITERAL_SINGLE_QUOTE lexical formThe characters between the outermost "'"s are taken, with numeric and string escape sequences unescaped, to form the unicode string of a lexical form.
STRING_LITERAL_QUOTE lexical formThe characters between the outermost '"'s are taken, with numeric and string escape sequences unescaped, to form the unicode string of a lexical form.
STRING_LITERAL_LONG_SINGLE_QUOTE lexical formThe characters between the outermost "'''"s are taken, with numeric and string escape sequences unescaped, to form the unicode string of a lexical form.
STRING_LITERAL_LONG_QUOTE lexical formThe characters between the outermost '"""'s are taken, with numeric and string escape sequences unescaped, to form the unicode string of a lexical form.
LANGTAG language tagThe characters following the @ form the unicode string of the language tag.
RDFLiteral literal The literal has a lexical form of the first rule argument, String, and either a language tag of LANGTAG or a datatype IRI of iri, depending on which rule matched the input. if neither a language tag nor a datatype IRI is provided, the literal has a datatype of xsd:string.
INTEGER literal The literal has a lexical form of the input string, and a datatype of xsd:integer.
DECIMAL literal The literal has a lexical form of the input string, and a datatype of xsd:decimal.
DOUBLE literal The literal has a lexical form of the input string, and a datatype of xsd:double.
BooleanLiteral literal The literal has a lexical form of the true or false, depending on which matched the input, and a datatype of xsd:boolean.
BLANK_NODE_LABEL blank node The string matching the second argument, PN_LOCAL, is a key in bnodeLabels. If there is no corresponding blank node in the map, one is allocated.
ANON blank node A blank node is generated.
blankNodePropertyList blank node A blank node is generated. Note the rules for blankNodePropertyList in the next section.
collection blank node For non-empty lists, a blank node is generated. Note the rules for collection in the next section.
IRI For empty lists, the resulting IRI is rdf:nil. Note the rules for collection in the next section.

5.3 RDF Triples Construction

A TriG document defines an RDF Dataset composed of one default graph and zero or more named graphs. Each graph is composed of a set of RDF triples.

5.3.1 Output Graph

The state curGraph is initially unset. It records the label of the graph for triples produced during parsing. If undefined, the default graph is used.

The rule labelOrSubject sets both curGraph and curSubject (only one of these will be used).

The following grammar production clauses set curGraph to be undefined, indicating the default graph:

  • The grammar production clause wrappedGraph in rule block.
  • The grammar production in rule triples2.

The grammar production labelOrSubject predicateObjectList '.' unsets curGraph before handling predicateObjectLists in rule triplesOrGraph.

5.3.2 Triple Output

Each RDF triple produced is added to curGraph, or the default graph if curGraph is not set at that point in the parsing process.

The subject production sets the curSubject. The verb production sets the curPredicate.

Triples are produced at the following points in the parsing process and each RDF triple produced is added to the graph identified by curGraph. Triple Production

Each object N in the document produces an RDF triple: curSubject curPredicate N. Property Lists

Beginning the blankNodePropertyList production records the curSubject and curPredicate, and sets curSubject to a novel blank node B. Finishing the blankNodePropertyList production restores curSubject and curPredicate. The node produced by matching blankNodePropertyList is the blank node B. Collections

Beginning the collection production records the curSubject and curPredicate. Each object in the collection production has a curSubject set to a novel blank node B and a curPredicate set to rdf:first. For each object objectn after the first produces a triple:objectn-1 rdf:rest objectn . Finishing the collection production creates an additional triple curSubject rdf:rest rdf:nil . and restores curSubject and curPredicate The node produced by matching collection is the first blank node B for non-empty lists and rdf:nil for empty lists.

5.4 Differences from Previous TriG

This section is non-normative.

This section describes the main differences between TriG, as defined in this document, and earlier forms.

5.5 Media Type Registration

Eric Prud'hommeaux
See also:
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 TriG is "application/trig".

It is recommended that TriG files have the extension ".trig" (all lowercase) on all platforms.

It is recommended that TriG 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.

Type name:
Subtype name:
Required parameters:
Optional parameters:
Encoding considerations:
The syntax of TriG 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+0000 to U+FFFF) or \UXXXXXXXX syntax (for U+10000 onwards) where X is a hexadecimal digit [0-9A-Fa-f]
Security considerations:
TriG 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 trip planning.
TriG 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 TriG documents. Security/privacy protocols must be imposed which reflect the sensitivity of the embedded information.
TriG can express data which is presented to the user, for example, RDF Schema labels. Application rendering strings retrieved from untrusted TriG 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.
TriG uses IRIs as term identifiers. Applications interpreting data expressed in TriG 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 TriG 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 [UNICODE-SECURITY] and Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs) [RFC3987] Section 8.
Interoperability considerations:
There are no known interoperability issues.
Published specification:
This specification.
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.
Additional information:
Magic number(s):
TriG documents may have the strings '@prefix' or '@base' (case dependent) near the beginning of the document.
File extension(s):
Base URI:
The TriG base directive can change the current base URI for relative IRIrefs in the language that are used sequentially later in the document.
Macintosh file type code(s):
Person & email address to contact for further information:
Eric Prud'hommeaux <eric@w3.org>
Intended usage:
Restrictions on usage:
Author/Change controller:
The TriG specification is the product of the RDF WG. The W3C reserves change control over this specifications.

A. References

A.1 Normative references

A. Phillips; M. Davis. Tags for Identifying Languages. September 2009. IETF Best Current Practice. URL: http://tools.ietf.org/html/bcp47
Tim Bray; Jean Paoli; C. M. Sperberg-McQueen; Eve Maler; François Yergeau. EBNF Notation 26 November 2008. W3C Recommendation. URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml/#sec-notation
Graham Klyne; Jeremy Carroll. Resource Description Framework (RDF): Concepts and Abstract Syntax. 10 February 2004. W3C Recommendation. URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-concepts/
S. Bradner. Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels. March 1997. Internet RFC 2119. URL: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2119.txt
M. Murata; S. St.Laurent; D. Kohn. XML Media Types (RFC 3023). January 2001. RFC. URL: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3023.txt
T. Berners-Lee; R. Fielding; L. Masinter. Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax (RFC 3986). January 2005. RFC. URL: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3986.txt
M. Dürst; M. Suignard. Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs). January 2005. RFC. URL: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3987.txt
The Unicode Standard. URL: http://www.unicode.org/versions/latest/
F. Yergeau. UTF-8, a transformation format of ISO 10646. IETF RFC 3629. November 2003. URL: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3629.txt
Richard Cyganiak; David Wood. RDF 1.1 Concepts and Abstract Syntax. 23 July 2013. W3C Last Call Working Draft. URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf11-concepts/
Eric Prud'hommeaux; Gavin Carothers. Turtle. 19 February 2013. W3C Candidate Recommendation. URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/turtle/

A.2 Informative references

Eric Prud'hommeaux; Andy Seaborne. SPARQL Query Language for RDF. 15 January 2008. W3C Recommendation. URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-sparql-query/
Mark Davis; Michel Suignard. Unicode Security Considerations. URL: http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr36/