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Re: Semantic Document Framework(s)

From: Kurt Cagle <cagle@olywa.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 12:49:29 -0800
Message-ID: <005e01c04b57$bad28290$60c8fdce@siren>
To: "Aaron Swartz" <aswartz@swartzfam.com>, "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, <www-talk@w3.org>, "Ken Levy" <klevy@xmlfund.com>
I don't think you have to go quite that far. I think the key here is in
building a rules editor that would let readers define specific patterns
using something like regular expressions, then associate these patterns with
specific tags:

<rule name="temperature">
    <pattern>([+|-]?\d{1,3})\w?[degrees|Degrees|&#153]\w?([C|F])</pattern>
    <map><temperature scale="$2">$1</temperature></map>
</rule>

Obviously, each discipline would likely require its own set of rules, and
would consequently either require that the user knows regexes or that a
knowledgeable regex writer puts together a set of such rules -- the latter
of which is much more likely to be the case. A weather report is easy to
encode, because there is a fairly limited vocabulary, but  such a semantic
editor could also work in the opposite direction -- a user can add an item
to the set of rules simply by selecting the text in question, assigning it
to a specific encoding tag (or defining a new tag if the editor is in schema
generation mode), and storing it (or editing it as a regex). In this manner,
you could add semantic content very easily.

-- Kurt

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Swartz" <aswartz@swartzfam.com>
To: "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>; <www-talk@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2000 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: Semantic Document Framework(s)


> Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com> wrote:
>
> > 1. Type in your text.
> > 2. Tell the editor it's a weather statement.
> > 3. The editor puts in the correct namespace, and marks up the text
> >    accordingly.
> > 4. Publish your document.
> > 5. Document in viewable in HTML browsers, and serves a purpoe on the SW.
> >
> > Could somebody please write me an editor like that? I'd pay good money!
>
> I bet -- looks like an AI-complete problem to me, at least for the general
> case. Specific cases could be done with really complex heuristics, but
> that'd be rather hairy. I'd love for this to work, but all I see you doing
> is offloading the English parsing to the writer, rather than the reader.
You
> still need the software to parse the English. That's going to be really
hard
> to do, except in perhaps really specific cases. Certainly, it'll be a lot
> harder to write than your average HTML editor!
>
> --
> [ Aaron Swartz | me@aaronsw.com | http://www.aaronsw.com ]
>
>
Received on Thursday, 9 November 2000 15:49:39 GMT

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