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RDF Tutorial [Re: A certain difficulty]

From: Pierre-Antoine CHAMPIN <champin@bat710.univ-lyon1.fr>
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 14:00:30 +0100
Message-ID: <38B3D9EE.6A6E40BD@bat710.univ-lyon1.fr>
To: ML RDF-interest <www-rdf-interest@w3c.org>
Mark Birbeck wrote:
> In fact if
> you re-read all the hype and 'promises' of XML, you'll find that XML on
> it's own cannot actually implement them - RDF can.

Yes XML can ! The proof is, you can express RDF in XML !...
The debate "XML vs. RDF" is, IMHO, a false one :
RDF has a model (and a syntax, but that's not the important point)
when XML has (and actually IS) a syntax and only a syntax.
You can use XML to express many things, including RDF.
I guess you could even use XLink to express RDF properties...

> As it happens I think RDF is nowhere near as difficult as people think.
> And it is incredibly significant.

On that point we agree, and I think the difficulty comes from the RDF recommandation mixing syntactical aspects with more fundamental ones (which gave matter to the "XML vs. RDF" debate!). 

I wrote a small tutorial for my colleagues, and I thought it could be interesting for the RDF community (and for me to have your opinions :). Since it was for internal use, I not only presented RDF but also some personal points of view about how it could be
enhanced or used.

 Any comment are (very) welcome


--- Quid quid Latine dictum sit, altum viditur
    Whatever is said in Latin sounds important.

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