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Re: Making RDF/XML more legible for non-RDF/XML people

From: Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 20:25:38 -0400
Message-ID: <41478C02.7050300@comcast.net>
To: 'RDF interesting groupe' <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

Kianoush Eshaghi wrote:
> I was pointed the work on "SKOS Core Vocabulary Specification"
> http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core/spec/ out. I have looked at this
> site, and the specific layout of the table, which contains all classes
> and properties. The setting of the such as table interests me, because I
> have implemented some RDF vocabulary, which serve more and less as an
> agreement about terminology between some developers, who develop their
> respective components of a system. I want to illustrate my RDF
> vocabulary for people, who haven't got any knowledge about RDF/XML. I
> have found the layout of the table appropriate to my purpose. I would
> know whether there are any technologies about converting from RDF/XML to
> an other form, which will be more legible, I would name XSL for XML.

It is hard to write a stylesheet to transform arbitrary rdf/xml, because 
of all the optional variations of the syntax.  OTOH, if you can limit 
the syntax you use to a specific, consistent subset of the full rdf/xml 
syntax, I have found that it can be fairly easy to do the kinds of 
things you want using xslt transformations.

For example, I have a simple, quite basic OWL file, and because I know 
the format (which I control), I can produce nice tables and even insert 
hyperlinks between related terms, etc., such as links to the class 
definitions of property ranges.

Of course, you do have to know your way around xslt.


Tom P

Thomas B. Passin
Explorer's Guide to the Semantic Web (Manning Books)
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