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RE: Bob DuCharme on RDFa (was: Re: RDFa in 10sec)

From: Hausenblas, Michael <michael.hausenblas@joanneum.at>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:07:56 +0100
Message-ID: <768DACDC356ED04EA1F1130F97D29852FABB76@RZJC2EX.jr1.local>
To: <bob@snee.com>, "Elias Torres" <elias@torrez.us>
Cc: <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

Bob, Elias,

Thanks for this one - it is now also linked via rdfa.info [1].

Bob: Though it might be sensible to assume that the 'someone'
you intend to explain RDFa has some basic understanding of the Web,
the original idea was to be able to give a non-tekky explanation to
an average user out there.

The rational behind this was to find a way to promote the brand
"RDFa" on a generic level.

A (somehow vague) analogy: Intel used to put (still does so, I assume) 
"Intel Inside" on everything that just looked like a CPU :) and
found their ways to convince others (PC vendors, etc.) to do so as well.
So even people that did not know what a CPU or - in special a 80386 -
understood after a while that if they buy a PC that has got the II label

on it, it was 'good'; they were on the save side ...

If you like it or not, Intel always had the better marketing guys - not
going into detail about the engineers or what Motorola could have done
better in the 80ies.

Conclusion: Lets try to be as creative as Intel with promotion and as
            skilled as Motorola with engineering stuff ;)


[1] http://rdfa.info/2007/02/15/introducing-rdfa-by-bob-ducharme/

 Michael Hausenblas, MSc.
 Institute of Information Systems & Information Management
 JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bob DuCharme [mailto:bob@snee.com] 
>Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 11:34 PM
>To: Elias Torres
>Cc: Hausenblas, Michael; public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org
>Subject: Re: Bob DuCharme on RDFa (was: Re: RDFa in 10sec)
>Instead of talking about magic ink, I'd say that it's a set of 
>that let you add metadata to web pages so that you can build cool new
>applications around collections of web pages. (I'm assuming that I'm
>talking to someone who understands the basics of web pages--otherwise,
>there's not much point in even discussing RDFa.)
>And thanks to everyone on the list who helped me work through the
>experiments on my weblog as I researched the article.
>On Wed, February 14, 2007 4:22 pm, Elias Torres wrote:
>> In case you have more time to explain, try this: :)
>> http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2007/02/14/introducing-rdfa.html
>> -Elias
>> Hausenblas, Michael wrote:
>>> After the hot and tekky class/role debate, something
>>> to cool down:
>>> How would you explain RDFa to someone that is not
>>> into it, in 10sec?
>>> I guess my take to give a not-so-tekky answer would be:
>>> Imagine a magic ink on a paper. With a special kind
>>> of glasses you can actually see the things written
>>> on the paper with the magic ink.
>>> HTML is the paper and RDFa is both the magic ink and
>>> the special kind of glasses.
>>> Any other try?
>>> Cheers,
>>>        Michael
>>> ----------------------------------------------------------
>>>  Michael Hausenblas, MSc.
>>>  Institute of Information Systems & Information Management
>>>  JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
>>>  Steyrergasse 17, A-8010 Graz, AUSTRIA
>>> ----------------------------------------------------------
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