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RDF, XML, XSLT: Grit

From: Niklas Lindström <lindstream@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 18:53:28 +0100
Message-ID: <cf8107641001170953h784ce9cas7a019c5de4524a9f@mail.gmail.com>
To: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
Hi all!

In light of the recent discussions about both using RDF in contexts
where RDF awareness and availability of RDF tools are more limited,
and in relation to the thoughts on RDF/XML (re-)emerging in the "RDF
2.0" discussion thread [1], I find it timely to document and announce
an instrumental format I recently made, called Grit ("Grokkable RDF Is
Transformable"), at [2].

I made this primarily for using XSLT to produce (xhtml) documents from
controlled sets of RDF, e.g. vocabularies and such. I've found it
conventient enough to think that there may be general interest.

As described at [2], Grit deviates from RDF/XML to form a syntax with
as little variation as possible (partially comparable to normalized,
"pretty" RDF/XML). I would love feedback if you find this to be
interesting, either for just XSLT/XQuery etc., or even as ("yet
another"..) RDF format usable in its own right (for instance, I do
suspect that something like it would be easier to sell in Linked Data
contexts than either RDF/XML or e.g. TriX).

(In the works I also have an XSLT-based chain for producing XHTML
documentation from RDFS/OWL vocabularies transformed to Grit
(basically a pedagogical cleanup of existing code I use in my work),
and a GRDDL XSLT to take Grit back to RDF/XML, for good measure.)

Best regards,
Niklas Lindström

[1]: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/semantic-web/2010Jan/0068.html
[2]: http://code.google.com/p/oort/wiki/Grit
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