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Don't Make Me Think (About Linked Data)

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:34:41 -0400
Message-ID: <51D2D6F1.3070809@digitalbazaar.com>
To: RDF WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
For those of you that continue to be unconvinced that some very educated
folks think that RDF is too complicated, this blog post may be enlightening:

http://berjon.com/blog/2013/06/linked-data.html

My response:
http://berjon.com/blog/2013/06/linked-data.html#comment-943596712

Robin's response:
http://berjon.com/blog/2013/06/linked-data.html#comment-944074845

Robin is very smart, he builds a ton of very useful tools for the Web
(like ReSpec, which is what we use for writing W3C specs), and is one of
the W3C HTML5 editors. He truly understands the Web stack (more than
most everyone on this mailing list, I'd imagine) and is very critical of
RDF. He's not alone. It is this sort of discussion is the driving reason
that we wanted to push RDF to the back of the spec, as something that
JSON-LD is compatible with, for the people that care about that sort of
thing (most don't).

I'll start posting more of these sorts of discussions to this mailing
list since it seems that there are a number of RDF WG members that are
unaware of the amount of push-back to RDF from seasoned Web developers.

This discussion also underscores my reluctance to talk about RDF at
the beginning of the JSON-LD spec. We're damaging the simple and concise
message that was JSON-LD a year ago. The spec is moving toward the
current consensus of the RDF WG and JSON-LD CG, but speaking as one of
the primary creators of JSON-LD, I'm pretty unhappy with the changes -
they make the spec worse, not better.

-- manu

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