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Re: .htaccess a major bottleneck to Semantic Web adoption / Was: Re: RDFa vs RDF/XML and content negotiation

From: Tom Heath <tom.heath@talis.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:46:05 +0200
Message-ID: <89f622f10906281546j1088867aq8ae1452b08007d72@mail.gmail.com>
To: martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org
Cc: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>, public-lod@w3.org, semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>

2009/6/27 Martin Hepp (UniBW) <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>:
> So if this "hidden div / span" approach is not feasible, we got a problem.
> The reason is that, as beautiful the idea is of using RDFa to make a) the
> human-readable presentation and b) the machine-readable meta-data link to
> the same literals, the problematic is it in reality once the structure of a)
> and b) are very different.
> For very simple property-value pairs, embedding RDFa markup is no problem.
> But if you have a bit more complexity at the conceptual level and in
> particular if there are significant differences to the structure of the
> presentation (e.g. in terms of granularity, ordering of elements, etc.), it
> gets very, very messy and hard to maintain.

Amen. Thank you for writing this. I completely agree. RDFa has some
great use cases but (like any technology) has its limitations. Let's
not oversell it.

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