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Re: Patent pending: Network-based classified information systems

From: Renato Iannella <renato@dstc.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 23:58:52 -0500 (EST)
To: www-talk@w3.org
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Having read the patent application, my comment would be that the
ideas in the proposal are what has been discussed and developed
over the last few years. There are similar systems that index 
structured information in HTML files, and provide a search
interface to the repository. There are also current tools for
the creation of such structured information (metadata).

The comparision to other technologies (META, XML, VCard etc)
is misleading. Its like saying 'a cat is no good at being a
tiger since its not big enough' !

The description of Dublin Core is _very misleading_.
Dublin Core (which been going now for over 3 years) is an
initiative that provides (with real systems working) what this
patent proposal describes - structured subject descriptions
in HTML.

The proposal fails to include a description of RDF.
RDF will (and has) provided all the markup features
described in the proposal - royalty free.

Cheers... Renato
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