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RE: web of data: how to include forms?

From: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 12:53:10 -0500
To: "'Ben Adida'" <ben@adida.net>
Cc: "'François-Paul Servant'" <francois-paul.servant@renault.com>, <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <004201c735a9$5b761940$4a741780@bioxiao>

Ben,

> One example: your web browser could do extensive 
> auto-complete across various web sites.

Rarely my car breaks down on the same problem again and again. On the other
hand, if you have some information that is persistent, such as name,
address, phone number etc. store it somewhere and linked it with a URI.
Wouldn't it be a better mechanism than auto-completion?
 
> > HTML is a presentation langague to interact with humans, and RDF is 
> > description language used for machines. We cannot mess them up.
> 
> On the contrary, we should think about how to annotate the 
> HTML so that it *can* be read by machines as well as humans. 
> Why should the two be completely separate? Much can be gained 
> in terms of machine-assisted browsing if the HTML contains 
> RDF annotations, letting your browser jump in when it can help.

For simple semantics, the HTML annotation might be fine. I think that is
where microformat will shine and GRDDL will help. It is right that much can
be gained by machine-assisted browsing, but that is approached by writing
software that bridges machine and human but not by mixing their languages.
Let's assume that you do not speak Chinese.  In order for you to communicate
to a Chinese who does not speak English, which of the following is the best
way?

(1) Find an interpreter
(2) For you and s/he to learn Chinese or English, respectively
(3) To create a language that both you and s/he can speak

Xiaoshu 
    
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