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Multi-purpose documents? (Was: 3023 update (Was: <TAG stuff>))

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 10:31:13 +0000
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To: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

[Moving from www-tag to www-rdf-interest]

At 03:54 21/11/04 -0500, Dan Brickley wrote:
>So RDF files are typically served application/rdf+xml though often
>they have a "dominant namespace" whose presence drives the data
>structures, with other namespaces typically being somewhat
>annotational in their use.

While I agree with this observation, I do wonder if it's mainly indicative 
of the immature state of RDF usage?

I could imagine that in an environment where RDF is widely used, more 
documents served may not have a clear single purpose.  Consider the example 
of documents using Foaf, which have been presented as capturing the sorts 
of things that might appear on a home page.  It seems to me that, over 
time, the Foaf content (and structural dominance) of such pages may become 
relatively insignificant.

(Compared with XML, I happen to think that one of RDF's big contributions 
is syntactically well-defined mixing and combination of vocabularies, so I 
think the RDF experience here could (should?) turn out differently to the 
XML experience.)


Graham Klyne
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