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Re: RDF Editing software

From: David P. Kleinschmidt <david@kleinschmidt.name>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 13:06:08 -0500
Message-Id: <7CB3966C-4C3C-11D8-A169-00039352891C@kleinschmidt.name>
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

> Until now I have been writing my RDF/XML in a plain text editor. Is
> there special software to create RDF/XML files? So that you, by
> example, can import some RDF Schemas and then just fill in the values
> you want?
> I tried IsaViz but I find it a rather difficult program...

I have a related question ... is there special software to create 
RDF/XML files that doesn't subscribe to the bubbles-arrows-and-boxes 
philosophy?  Personally, I find that it's much easier to write

:007 a foaf:Person;
	foaf:surname "Bond";
	foaf:name "James Bond".

and run it through an n3 converter than it is to, say:

double-right-click the window to create a new resource bubble
double click the resource bubble to assign a URI to the resource
type "007"
double-control-click the window to create a new literal box
double-click the literal box to assign a value to the literal
type "Bond"
right-drag from the literal bubble to the literal to create a relation 
arrow
double-click the relation arrow to assign a predicate to the relation
type "foaf:surname"
double-control-click the window to create a new literal box
double-click the literal box to assign a value to the literal
type "James Bond"
right-drag from the literal bubble to the literal to create a relation 
arrow
double-click the relation arrow to assign a predicate to the relation
type "foaf:name"

Does anybody see what I'm getting at?  Not only that, but once you get 
more than a handful of resources, the window starts to get cluttered, 
hard to edit in, and hard to navigate.  On the one hand, I find the 
'intuitive' graphical user interface to be frustrating and clunky.  On 
the other hand, I feel that there must be a better fit for editing RDF 
than a plain old text editor.


- Dave

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