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Re: Notes On The F2F

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 20:33:55 -0000
Message-ID: <024901c0a035$7fd12e20$ecda93c3@z5n9x1>
To: "Seth Russell" <seth@robustai.net>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
> I sinserly hope that Semenglish will become a widly used RDF
> language; even perchance the lingua franca.

Maybe. But different people are going to be using different RDF based
formats - some people may just use tab delimited triples for all we
know, like some of the SWAG stuff. The important thing is that there
needs to be some place where people can discuss the relative merits of
all of the RDF based formats, and make sure that they are
interoperable with one another. Really, anyone can make a system that
uses "triples" - URIs to process data... but making a *good* one is no
easy task, as well all know. After years of development, XML RDF has a
lot of bugs... N3 is good, but there are still quirks, and semEnglish
lacks implementations. Plus, neither semEnglish or N3 are in XML.

But I don't want fragmentation. I want to be able to convert from tab
delimited, to N3, to semEnglish, to XML RDF, and back to tab delimited
again with a few keystrokes, and with no loss of data. That is no easy
task, but it is an essential part of SW architecture - we need to look
at it very closely indeed, IMO. If I read TimBL's comment correctly
[1], this is the direction I'd like to see any new group at least
consider.

> Sean has already contributed much to this effort .. he asked for
> the ability to just use the rdf:label in the verb slot .. he got it,
see
> below.

Yes, that was good. I like the XPath hack as well. semEnglish is a
great language, and I'm looking forward to tools for all of this...

[1] Once again, I am reminded of Aaron's caveat about the accuracy his
notes. Maybe TimBL was just joking about a new group, or maybe he
meant something completely different by it...

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Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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