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RE: Can RDF thrive in an XML-centric world?

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 11:30:00 -0000
To: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

> What about pure RDF situations, such as storage or transfer between
> applications? Is there an advantage to using XML in those?

How pure?

I would be very doubtful of the advantage of XML for internal storage. Most
likely if I were to build such I would design an XML that stored triples and
a process for converting to and from RDF/XML. TBH I've never been fond of
storing anything in XML unless I've going to pass it on without "looking" at
it, or if it is of a "document" style of application rather than a "data"
style. Accuse me of wisdom, Ludditism or heresy as you see fit.

For transfer between applications the chances that something happier parsing
or (more likely consuming) XML was going to be hidden in the big cloud in by
system diagram would make me want to keep it as an option :)

For production it depends on what I was going to produce it from. Conversion
of WhateverML to RDF/XML is often easier that conversion to other formats
(depending on technologies used etc.) so I'd definitely want to have it as
an option in that case.
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