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RE: XHTML and RDF

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 18:09:20 +0000 (UTC)
To: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Cc: www-html@w3.org, 'Steven Pemberton' <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0402251759330.27194@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 25 Feb 2004, Mark Birbeck wrote:
>
> Very useful comments - thanks.

My pleasure! Like I said, I think this is a great idea. Probably the best
way of doing RDF I've seen so far.


> I agree with you that is also a useful syntax, but I have been trying to
> find a way of supporting both constructs - the indirection one and this
> one. The problem is that if you make <link> and <meta> refer to their
> parent element (which is also nice from an RDF viewpoint), then you have
> to come up with a way of indicating that the statements inside <head>
> refer to the document. I had some ideas on that, but decided to leave
> them for later - however, hopefully if the general view is that the
> proposal is going in the right direction then we can try to tackle the
> subtleties.

Yes, I can understand that problem.


>> Authors hate indirection.
>
> Mmm ... and some authors love it!

Oh, of course! :-) I was just talking about the "Average Joe" author --
the guy one step away from using only an authoring tool. These are the
most common authors on the Web, solutions really have to involve them.


> My main goal was to try and provide a number of ways of expressing
> information, such that the author could choose whatever level they felt
> comfortable with - but with the ultimate goal that the many systems we
> have for dealing with metadata could take advantage of the wealth of
> information contained in documents.

I think that's a great goal. :-)

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