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Towards Colloquial XML

From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 05:02:08 -0700
Message-ID: <3DA56C40.40006@prescod.net>
To: "'www-tag@w3.org'" <www-tag@w3.org>
CC: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>

Uche Ogbuji writes about the 4Suite strategy for imposing relationships 
onto colloquial XML:


I think that the idea deserves wider consideration. It is not 
well-documented or widely deployed so it should be used more as the 
starting point for a proposal than a complete one. (I've tweaked the 
syntax to my taste in examples)

I propose that this strategy could have bridged the gaps between the two 
  RDF worlds:


To make the RDF assertion that the "title element" is the "dc:title" of 
the "channel element." Then Dave Winer gets his colliqual input and the 
RDF heads get their KR-structured output. I'd also suggest the addition 
of all sorts of annotative metadata:

       <dc:Title xml:lang="EN">Channel title</dc:Title>

I think we can also apply this technique to the current battles.


These descriptions could themselves be annotated with arbitrary 
metadata, including default link behaviours, titles and translations. It 
becomes easy to see how XHTML could easily support BOTH an @longdesc 
attribute and language-specific sub-elements.

The exact relationship between XLink and RDF requires more thought in a 
universe organized in this way, but that has been true since XLink was 

  Paul Prescod
Received on Thursday, 10 October 2002 08:03:03 UTC

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