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Re: It's that Kurt Cagle again

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 10:30:32 +0100
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To: mark.birbeck@x-port.net
Cc: RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

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Yep, it is an interesting one. Actually, this is a copy of an earlier
blog he made:


Which is great...


Mark Birbeck wrote:
> Hello all,
> As always Kurt Cagle makes interesting points, this time in a round-up
> of what to watch out for in XML technologies:
>  Similarly, I suspect that while RDFa may have a fairly major hill to
> climb in terms of
>  adoption, it will likely end up becoming integral to the semantic
> web fairly soon. _Folk
>  ontologies_ (or folksonomies, as some have referred to them) are not
> in fact really
>  ontologies at all - they are instead simply property associations.
> If you can articulate
>  a consisten (sic) property relationship using attributes outside of
> the normal XHTML
>  ones, then you can do more than simply tag a document - you can in fact
> create
>  relationships between entities in an XHTML document without having
> to leave the
>  context of that document. That's what RDFa does. These can then be
> interpreted by
>  RDF enabled tools, making it possible to achieve something of the
> holy grail of the
>  semantic web - provide a simple way of nonetheless encoding metadata
> into a
>  document. I've argued for years that RDF as it exists right now is
> too complex for
>  your average web developer, and what's more it perforce requires
> duplication of
>  content between the RDF and XHTML (or whatever document format you're
> using).
>  Eliminate this need for duplication by embedded the descriptive relational
>  characteristics directly in the element's attribute set, and all of
> a sudden the
>  Semantic Web begins to move away from being unachievable to being doable.
> The full article is here:
>  <http://www.understandingxml.com/2007/03/where_is_xml_going.html>
> Regards,
> Mark

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