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Re: The RDF model *is* part of the problem

From: Sergey Melnik <melnik@db.stanford.edu>
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2000 11:06:14 -0800
Message-ID: <38BD6A26.9B55321C@db.stanford.edu>
To: Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
CC: RDF Interest Group <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Mark Birbeck wrote:

> That's right. IMO, the whole point of the 'abbreviated forms' that have
> been moaned about recently is so that almost any *existing* XML file can
> 'become' RDF. As it happens you don't even need the RDF tag or the ID
> attribute - they can be abbreviated too so you could have left my XML
> alone and just said 'it is now RDF'.

To remind: a couple of month ago I proposed a simplified syntax for RDF
that allows *every* well-formed XML file be interpreted as a serialized
RDF model. This mapping to an RDF model is however not always optimal.
However, by using just a few attributes (that can be put into the DTD)
it can be significantly improved. This syntax facilitates easy
transition from existing XML data to RDF. You are welcome to have a
look/download at


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