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Re: The first sentence

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 12:21:54 -0500
Message-ID: <3DBD7232.88704536@mitre.org>
To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
CC: RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>

I still like my formulation:

a.  the "about resources" leads people to think about what "resources"
are (discussed, for starters, in the following sentences of the
Primer);  and what's objectionable about saying the *Resource
Description* Framework is for representing information *about
resources*?  

b.  I'm not sure leaving "about resources" out doesn't change the
meaning slightly.  Anyway, if we say "for representing information in
the Web", what about those people who use RDF for representing
information elsewhere (e.g., in files)?

c.  For a first sentence, what's wrong with saying the *World Wide*
Web?  Is our parent organization going to change its name to "The Web
Consortium"?  We can refer to it as "the Web" in all subsequent
material.

However, I vote "concur".

--Frank

Brian McBride wrote:
> 
> Three of our specs begin their abstracts with a statement of what RDF
> is.  They all differ!
> 
> Primer:  [[The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a language for
> representing information about resources in the World Wide Web.]]
> 
> Concepts: [[The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a data format for
> representing metadata about Web resources and other information.]]
> 
> Schema: [[The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a general purpose
> language for representing information in the Web.]]
> 
> Whilst its kinda trivial, I suggest that it would be good if we all agreed
> on a one sentence description of what RDF is.  How about:
> 
> [[The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a language for representing
> information in the Web.]]
> 
> Brian

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