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Re: Semantic content negotiation (was Re: expectations of vocabulary)

From: Reto Bachmann-Gmür <reto@gmuer.ch>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 12:17:10 +0200
Message-ID: <44C892A6.4060509@gmuer.ch>
To: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
CC: 'Danny Ayers' <danny.ayers@gmail.com>, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org, 'Semantic Web' <semantic-web@w3.org>
Xiaoshu Wang wrote:
> [...]
> It seems to me that you just cannot help but peeking into the package before
> it is being transported. And I am just trying to make you wait till it gets
> to your home.  Let's leave it to that, O.K?
Still not seeing exactly why I should be able to tell UPS "if possible,
give me that letter in French,  German or English" and not "if possible,
give me that graph using FOAF, DC and/or SKOS". As I'm actually
implementing software doing both content-negotiation and delivering
graphs I'd like to come back to the issue I'm looking to solve, happy to
discuss other approaches:

The webserver serving the resource <http://gmuer.ch/> delivers two
different XML documents depending if the Accept header is set to
"application/atom+xml" or to "application/rss+xml". XML clients get what
they want, whether they prefer RSS or Atom. How can I do something
similar for RDF oriented clients with different levels of understanding
of AtomOWL, AtomRDF, RSS 1.0 and/or RSS 1.1? Delivering several triples
with identical (or near identical) meaning for every assertion an saying
"sort it out when it gets to your home" doesn't seem ideal to me.


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