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

From: Ian Davis <me@iandavis.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 20:47:10 +0100
Message-ID: <ec8613a80907081247h36f50432gefc000a7054edd3@mail.gmail.com>
To: Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>
Cc: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>, Pierre-Antoine Champin <swlists-040405@champin.net>, Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>, "semantic-web@w3c.org" <semantic-web@w3c.org>
On Wednesday, July 8, 2009, Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-07-08 at 15:13 +0100, Mark Birbeck wrote:
>> The original point of this thread seemed to me to be saying that if
>> .htaccess is the key to the semantic web, then it's never going to
>> happen.
>
> It simply isn't the key to the semantic web though.
>
> .htaccess is a simple way to configure Apache to do interesting things.
> It happens to give you a lot of power in deciding how requests for URLs
> should be translated into responses of data. If you have hosting which
> allows you such advanced control over your settings, and you can create
> nicer URLs, then by all means do so - and not just for RDF, but for all
> your URLs. It's a Good Thing to do, and in my opinion, worth switching
> hosts to achieve.
>
> But all that isn't necessary to publish linked data. If you own
> example.com, you can upload foaf.rdf and give yourself a URI like:
>
>         <http://example.com/foaf.rdf#alice>
>
> (Or foaf.ttl, foaf.xhtml, whatever.)

This just works and is how the html web grew. Write a document and
save it into a publuc spaxe. Fancy stuff like pretty URIs need more
work but are not at all necessary for linked data or the semantic web.


>
> Let's not blow this all out of proportion.

Hear hear!

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> Toby A Inkster
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