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Re: N3 and N-Triples (was: RDF in HTML: Approaches)

From: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2002 18:00:38 -0600
Message-Id: <200206060000.g5600dx07504@localhost.localdomain>
To: Bill de hÓra <dehora@eircom.net>
cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

> > As long as we continue to stick with XML as our data format, 
> > we will be 
> > seen as more complicated than XML (extra work) and will likely
> > not be  used. By moving away we have at least a chance at seeming
> > simpler (which 
> > I believe RDF is) and getting used.
> I disagree XML in itself is the sticking point. The thing to do is
> beat on the XML syntax until it's as simple as RDF is supposed to
> be.

FWIW, I have long avoided the whole issue by saying over and over again "the 
syntax doesn't matter".  I tell people that they should just write simple XML 
as is comfortable for their needs and use *tools* to import/export this from 
RDF data models.  We've also put some work into the 4Suite tools for doing 
this, to make the RDF more palatable for XML folks.

I have found that this is the most satisfying understanding for most non-RDF 
folks to reach, and makes them more receptive to the parts of RDF that we all 
really care about.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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