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Re: A Rough Guide to Notation3

From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 11:06:20 -0700
Message-ID: <3D66799C.986FBD0E@prescod.net>
To: Danny Ayers <danny666@virgilio.it>, www-rdf-interest@w3.org

Danny Ayers wrote:
> There's a reasonable consensus on the ugliness of RDF/XML syntax. 
> After all, it isn't intended for human consumption. 

RDF/XML: "the machine efficiency of XML with the readability of ASN.1"

If it isn't intended for human consumption then it should be
machine-optimized binary. 

> N3 is fine and dandy for the illuminati, those that have already 
> noticed that RDF seen as triples or node & arc graphs is essentially 
> reasonably simple. But a newcomer to RDF may first be put off by 
> RDF/XML, and what do they find if they look further? - a completely 
> new notation to learn, probably unlike anything they have seen 
> before. Obfuscation City.

New ideas will have new notations. People learn to deal with new
notations all of the time.

 Paul Prescod
Received on Friday, 23 August 2002 14:09:12 UTC

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