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RE: D-AG0009; Semantic Web & Web architecture

From: Champion, Mike <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 14:37:13 -0700
Message-ID: <9A4FC925410C024792B85198DF1E97E402C706FC@usmsg03.sagus.com>
To: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>, "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Baker [mailto:distobj@acm.org]
> Sent: Monday, March 25, 2002 1:39 PM
> To: Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com
> Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
> Subject: Re: D-AG0009; Semantic Web & Web architecture
> 
> I've given the example of the 410 response code, which is a way for a
> resource to tell a client that it was purposefully removed.  This is
> "semantic", because a client, even one without a human nearby, knows
> what that means.  A "non-semantic" version would be a 200 
> response with a body saying "oops, sorry, gone" - 
> a machine would have no chance of
> understanding that, though a human would.

Nice explanation/analogy.  I would be happy to see something like this
as a strong requirement for a Web Architecture -- that it encourage
"controlled vocabularies", whether textual or numeric, that machines
can use to process "semantic" information from messages and results.

> 
> What Tim means by "The Semantic Web", is to extend those kinds of
> transfer-level semantics to the body of the message, where currently
> they are mostly limited to the envelope. 

Well, I can agree in the abstract, but I'd have to see this working in
practice
before agreeing that it is a strong requirement on the WS arch to support.

Anyway, both Mark and I seem to like the term "aligned with" even though we
have
rather different levels of enthusiasm for the SW initiative.
Received on Monday, 25 March 2002 16:37:54 GMT

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