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fighting complexification (was: rdf-concepts comments: this should be a note)

From: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 09:49:46 -0600
Cc: RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>
To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Message-Id: <3546C72A-F0D6-11D6-842C-003065F376B6@aaronsw.com>

> The complexification (sic) you refer to.  Is that because RDF is (now) 
> complex or is it because we are not explaining it well.
> There is not much we can do about the former.  The latter, however, is 
> another matter.

Explaining it better might help, but it's not really the problem. It's 
just sort of the combination of decisions that seemed sort of innocent 
together (using IRIs, datatypes, canonicalized XML, language 
identifiers, fragment identifiers, bNodes, not to mention all the new 
RDF/XML syntax) are together quite complicated. It's not really the 
working group's fault and certainly not yours--W3C process seems almost 
designed to encourage such things.

We might be able to help some by just not covering a lot of this stuff 
in the primer. Currently it's 40 printed pages in a very small font, 
which may scare away those who thought they were getting the condensed 

Aaron Swartz [http://www.aaronsw.com] "Curb your consumption," he said.
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