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Re: Is promoting RDF+XML a lost cause? (a new primer ?)

From: Giovanni Tummarello <giovanni@wup.it>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 09:37:18 +0100
Message-ID: <41A6EB3E.9070606@wup.it>
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, www-rdf-interest@w3.org

Ivan Herman wrote:

> When I make courses on RDF and RDF/XML, I *always* use the graph 
> paradigm in the forefront. Ie, if there is a new concept (eg, some OWL 
> stuff), I always put up a graph *first* and that is what I use to 
> explain. Then, almost casually, I also show an excerpt of RDF/XML 
> saying 'if you want to serialize, this is the way it looks'. I have 
> received quite a lot of positive feedback from people that pushing the 
> graph, and its visual representation, worked well for them. Once 
> people grasp it than RDF/XML becomes just a serialization method. Not 
> pretty, there might be others coming up in the future, but it is 
> nothing else than syntactic sugar. (Well... sugar might not be the 
> best word here, maybe 'syntactic salt' is a better term?;-)
> Ivan

Given this isnt it a good idea to consider rewriting the RDFprimer to 
get completely away of the XML ? implications might be far reaching. The 
less people get scared when facing that document the better. (Albeit is 
a fairly clear document and a great effort, maybe it could be called 
RDF/XML primer)
Received on Friday, 26 November 2004 08:42:22 UTC

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