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Re: Lack of RDF/XML examples in new standards

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 11:45:37 +0300
To: "Johannes Busse" <busse@ontoprise.de>, SKOS <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
Cc: "Stephen Bounds" <km@bounds.net.au>
Message-ID: <op.ukhzybvbwxe0ny@>

On Wed, 12 Nov 2008 11:25:48 +0300, Johannes Busse <busse@ontoprise.de>  

> I agree with Stephen. From an (ontology engineering) *practitioner*  
> point of view XML still is *the* data exchange format today. Even if N3  
> or turtle are supposed to me more reader friendly I prefer RDF/XML  
> because I can paste the examples directly into all my systems. And  
> because of that it is the format I do understand best. :-)

Agree. The various alternative syntaxes are nice for pracititioners to use  
as a shorthand. But they are not necessarily clearer to beginners than  
RDF/XML, and that format is common to a lot of toolsets (and it is  
important that others understand it).



> Stephen Bounds wrote:
>>  Hi all,
>>  I was just reading through the SKOS Primer and saw that "this Primer,  
>> together with the SKOS Reference document [SKOS-REFERENCE], replaces  
>> the earlier SKOS Core Guide [SWBP-SKOS-CORE-GUIDE] and the SKOS Core  
>> Vocabulary Specification [SWBP-SKOS-CORE-SPEC], which are now  
>> deprecated".
>>  I think this is a mistake.  One of the best things about the Core  
>> Guide and Vocabulary Spec was that they have an extensive set of  
>> RDF/XML examples which, let's face it, form the vast bulk of  
>> implemented RDF systems.
>>  Replacing RDF/XML notation with tuple notation in the Primer and  
>> References places a great big roadblock to understanding for those who  
>> are looking for an easy XML language to describe and interrelate  
>> concepts.
>>  Sure, the superceded documents are still available but people won't  
>> know to go to older versions to find these examples.
>>  In all probability, I wouldn't have taken the time to understand how  
>> SKOS worked without having RDF/XML examples available to read and  
>> understand.  I can see many others making the same decision, and I  
>> think it has the potential to seriously impact on SKOS uptake.
>>  Just my 2c,
>>  -- Stephen.

Charles McCathieNevile  Opera Software, Standards Group
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