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Re: RDF in html:address

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 00:14:32 -0000
Message-ID: <000701c07775$c0fa9320$b9ed89d4@z5n9x1>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Al Gilman" <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
> Would you walk through this and explain how it works?

I'll try... I'd seen two ways of increasing the semantics of XHTML:-

     1. Screen scrape from XHTML to RDF
     2. Add the RDF in there in the first place

And while I'd seen many examples of the first technique, I'd not seen many
of the second: which is strange because I thought that would have been the
natural choice, having it readily available and not relying on ad hoc
proprietary screen scraping to get the information out. (actually,
sometimes it is fully necessary to do that...)

I must admit that I got the code a bit wrong (hmmmm). Here is the
"corrected" version:-

<rdf:Description rdf:ID="address">
       <a href=" mailto:sean@mysterylights.com">Sean B.Palmer</a>

Now, paste that into the form at http://jigsaw.w3.org:8000/description and
see what you get out of it. Triples, lots of nice RDF metadata triples...
but it's XHTML so it's human readable? Yes: machine and human readable.

What is this all about then? "Blow by blow" as Al put it... Well, I suppose
I'm trying to find a WWW/SW compromise, and at the same time hack out the
transformation from plain data to the Semantic Web. Think of this as "Part
one of how to express SW semantics in (X)HTML" :-)

Part two? You decide.

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
http://www.w3.org/WAI/ [ERT/GL/PF]
"Perhaps, but let's not get bogged down in semantics."
   - Homer J. Simpson, BABF07.
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