Re: Number, Date, Time, Quantity

On Sep 7, 2006, at 13:09, Steven Pemberton wrote:

> On Thu, 07 Sep 2006 11:15:30 +0200, Lachlan Hunt  
> <> wrote:
>> Let's see:
>>    "The Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, will today travel  
>> to..."
>> I think it's quite clear to a human reader that Jan is a Prime  
>> Minister.
> You're missing the point. The text we are talking about doesn't  
> contain the name of the prime minister, and we are not authorised  
> to change the text. However we are authorised to add metadata.

Who is doing the unauthorization?

> The advantage of machine-readable semantics are many. Searches  
> become better for instance.

But are the advantages more valuable than the cost of the human  
effort to put the metadata there? Are the advantages reaped by the  
same parties who bear the cost? What incentives do authors have to  
meticulously mark up their documents?

Also, it seems to me that the core competence and point of  
differentiation of successful search engines is yielding useful  
results even in the absence of such explicit metadata.

Henri Sivonen

Received on Friday, 8 September 2006 07:49:04 UTC