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Re: RDF An opportunity

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 07:13:52 -0400 (EDT)
To: Irfan Shah <irfan_shah@hotmail.com>
cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0010060710470.6766-100000@tux.w3.org>
I support the sentiment. The ability to use gaphic tools to generate and read
RDF (after all, arcs and nodes are a metaphor that translate well to
graphics...) seems likely to be very helpful in this context.

I think it is extremely important to look at use cases and how they will work
both for the highly motivated coding types who frequent lists like this, and
the unmotivated and unskilled people who are actually producing the content
for the web. That group makes a lot of difference to wheter something gets
widely deployed or not.


Charles McCN

On Fri, 6 Oct 2000, Irfan Shah wrote:

  This is just to voice support for Colm's sentiment
  "RDF can be open by a) hiding syntax completely from the casual user"
  I feel strongly that the success of RDF depends on its take up, and that 
  unless people - a lot of people - include RDF metadata with their pages then 
  the whole thing loses its power. The way to encourage people to use
  RDF metadata is to make it as accessible as possible, and this surely, 
  becomes a design problem.
  As a non-coder, I wondered if there is potential, at this early stage, to 
  engage in dialogue that looks at RDF through a combination of 
  user/coder/non-coder perspectives?
  It's a little intimidating addressing this to people who obviously have a 
  firm grasp of the detailed issues involved in RDF, so please take it easy on 
  me if you think I'm off the mark here!
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