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RE: yet another simplified RDF syntax: N-triples + abreviation

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 11:30:57 -0000
To: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

> I invented KR before I was exposed to XML, and that
> made me extra sensitive to the difficulty of reading
> a "cluttered" XML program.  When I want to understand
> an XML program, I usually begin by (mentally)
> translating it into KR, which enables me to "get the
> big picture at a glance".

This relates to the idea I mentioned earlier of using KR as a front-end on
RDF applications. RDF and the various ways of encoding it is really for
machines, not people. For the most part RDF shouldn't be seen by users,
though obviously someone's going to have to build the layers between the RDF
and users, and hence the advantages in it using human-readable components
(URIs, XML or text-based encodings).

Where KR can be compared (from what I've seen, I still haven't had time to
play with it unfortunately) to a human-understandable programming language
like Basic, RDF is more like machine code (with n3 hence being assembly and
RDF/XML being poorly written C :)
Received on Monday, 25 November 2002 06:24:01 UTC

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