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Re: Number, Date, Time, Quantity

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:16:10 +1000
Message-ID: <44FFB92A.6050302@lachy.id.au>
To: Peter Krantz <peter.krantz@gmail.com>
CC: www-html@w3.org

Peter Krantz wrote:
> On 9/7/06, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au> wrote:
>> How is that better than simply writing this?
>>
>>    The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, will today travel to...
> 
> You don't want to force content to be changed just to be machine
> readable.

Exactly!  If that sentence appeared in a news paper article, which was 
made available online, it would appear like that.  It should need to be 
altered for the online version to use <span content="Tony Blair">Prime 
Minister</span>.

> In your sentence above, it is still difficult for a machine
> to map "Tony Blair" to "Prime Minister" without using some sort of
> natural language processing which isn't an option for most languages.

But what use case is there for a computer needing to determine from a 
sentence like that, that the "Prime Minister" is Tony Blair?  It would 
be quite clear to a human reading that in an article of some sort that 
Tony Blair is the Prime Minister without any additional markup.

-- 
Lachlan Hunt
http://lachy.id.au/
Received on Thursday, 7 September 2006 06:16:24 GMT

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