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From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 00:42:27 -0400 (EDT)
To: Stephen Rhoads <rhoadsnyc@mac.com>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.55.0408060037170.5699@homer.w3.org>

Yes, this is how I explained my solution to the RDF in HTML problem :-)

Seriously there are people working on systems that essentially take this
approach already. Lisa Seeman posted a message a couple of days ago, - her
work involves collecting information about documents and working out how to
render them in this kind of way. The Concept Coding Framework is working on
messaging and authoring systems for people who are not literate, so they are
producing stuff in RDF then rendering it as HTML (or SVG, or...) as a
presentation format.

I don't see how this kick-starts adoption any more or any less than zillions
of other projects though. I do think that implementation is the killer app -
and if you don't have any you aren't alive yet. Spending most of my days
looking at an application or two of the semantic web it seems that there is a
lot of momentum, and what holds  it back is that a lot of people don't
understand how to make it work, what it can and can't do, or how to get tools
for their particular task (in many cases they are not widely available today
- if you can wait a while they will be, or you can build them or pay for them
to be built...)



On Thu, 5 Aug 2004, Stephen Rhoads wrote:

>Has it occurred to anyone else that perhaps "RDF in HTML" is the wrong approach, and that what is really needed is "HTML in RDF"?
>The idea would be to build an OWL ontology to describe the elements and layout of HTML documents so that the images, text and other elements could be "annotated" (for lack of a more profound word) directly.
>Would certainly help to kickstart the adoption of the Semantic Web protocols.
>--- Stephen

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