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Re: RDFViz update: SVG and VRML RDF visualisations

From: Marja-Riitta Koivunen <marja@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 19:46:03 -0400
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To: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>, RDF Interest Group <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Here is a link to the x3d work (the new xml based vrml standard).



At 06:38 PM 4/4/00 -0400, Dan Brickley wrote:
>Quick note to say thanks for the interest in RDFViz, the GraphViz based
>tool for laying out RDF graphs for display. 
>    http://www.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/discovery/rdf-dev/rudolf/rdfviz/
>Thanks to the work of Stephen North and the other GraphViz folk,  RDFViz
>can now generate simple SVG and VRML visualisations of RDF data graphs.
>I didn't do much to take advantage of this for RDFViz except provide a
>web-based wrapper for  the -TSVG and -TVRML command line flags :-)
>When I'm happy with a version 1.0 of RDFViz I'll get a copy hosted on a
>W3C box and bundle up the scripts. In the meantime I was hoping to set
>people thinking about RDF, SVG, VRML... All of these can be represented in
>XML (not sure about status of the VRML in XML work though). We can go
>to SVG and VRML from XML/RDF data graphs (either using RDF 1.0 syntax,
>other RDF-like syntaxes such as SOAP, or XSLT transformations. Question
>is: can we go the other way, ie. extract the abstract structure from an
>SVG or VRML diagram...? 
>This is where Semantic Web screenscraping [1] meets Web Accessibility... 
>Once everyone uses XML for everything, what more can we say about the
>abstract structures that are common across our various uses of
>XML? eg. Could an organisational chart in SVG or VRML be self-describing
>enough to allow applications to extract the RDF model it represents?
>Dan  (hoping to prompt a reply from the WAI folks...)
>[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-rdf-interest/2000Mar/0103.html
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