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RE: Some questions

  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@t...>
  • To: "'xml-dev@i...'" <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 12:40:37 -0800

RE: Some questions
At 12:22 PM 12/1/99 -0800, Ron Daniel wrote:
>and here is my attempt to give an example of why RDF
>is useful:

Very good, Ron.  Well said.

And here is my attempt to explain why RDF hasn't been more successful:

  The syntax is hideously ugly and hard to understand, and the spec worries
  so hard about being correct and complete that it is pretty well 100%
  incomprehensible to ordinary people.

I probably just hurt some feelings, but I've already shouted this in private 
enough times that it won't be a surprise.

In my opinion RDF needs some serious sugar-coating and tutorializing
if it is ever going to achieve its potential.

I think its potential is huge, dwarfing that of XML.   -Tim

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