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Feature: SPARQLX

An XML Schema/toolchain friendly syntax for SPARQL queries so that SPARQL queries can be manipulated in "normal" XML ways and be used appropriately in WSDL.

Feature description

SPARQL's SQL-esque syntax is quite writable and readable. However, it is largely "invisible" to the XML toolchain, i.e., schema aware editors, XSTL, XQuery, data binding, Schematron, etc. This is a very powerful and widespread toolchain. SPARQLX would allow SPARQL queries to be manipulated by that toolchain effectively.

It is important that SPARQLX produce a sensible DOM and, indeed, a sensible PSVI. For this reason, an RDF/XML serialization -- or even a TriX based serialization -- will not meet the desiderata.


This example uses the SPARQLX syntax proposed by Kendall Clark in the last working group.

SELECT ?v WHERE { ?x ?p "cat" }
<rdf-query xmlns="">
       <variable name="v"></variable>
               <variable name="x"></variable>
               <variable name="p"></variable>

Existing Implementation(s)


Existing Specification / Documentation


Query engines would have to be modified to accept (natively) SPARQLX queries. However, since SPARQLX shall be (I hope) a transliteration of SPARQL, this is not a large burden and can easily be handled by external tools (e.g., an XSLT). I expect only tools that want to make use of SPARQLX directly need be changed.

Links to postponed Issues

Related Features

List and possibly link to other use cases or extensions that relate to that use case. That will help us grouping them together in the end.


Bijan Parsia, University of Manchester

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From comments/2009Mar/0010