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RE: More On the Semantic Web (or: is RDF any good?)

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 05:42:02 -0800
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To: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>, "'www-rdf-interest@w3.org'" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
At 04:10 AM 11/7/00 -0500, Dan Brickley wrote:
>Let's have a go

Here's a proposed "go":

Using RDF it should be possible without a whole lot of "nittering" for me 
to create a Web site in XHTML that contained an "assertion" that the site: 
1) validated its XHTML/CSS components ("generated by tidy",etc.); 2) was 
"published" on a particular date by the person whose email address is 
love26@gorge.net; 3) IMHO was AAA conformant to W3C/WAI's WCAG 1.0, i.e. it 
had incorporated all the Priority 1,2, and 3 items therein.

One feature of the "Semantic Web" is that it likely must qualify as another 
catchphrase: "Web of Trust". Obviously, I could lie about who wrote it 
(harder to do about the "when", I suppose) and the assertion that my site 
is accessible is highly subjective, e.g. are my alt="text" entries in fact 
effective replacements for the graphics they are associated with?. The Web 
of Trust is an inherent component of all this stuff, so just live with that 

After several years of wrangling about syntax, logic, etc. can this fairly 
simple task be done today? If it can be done but takes excessive 
"nerdliness" then can anyone around here make it into something that a 
senior citizen can just do by inserting my email address (I think the date 
could be automated?), and a check box (like the one you check after lying 
about having read the legal stuff on a download, or the statement that 
you're over 18 to let you look at the naked ladies <g>) to set the 
conformance level I claim.

This would be a major breakthrough.

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