RE: Some questions
It's funny: when you talk about RDF, it seems very complex, but when you use it, it seems very simple. I am using RDF as an interchange format for metadata about assets in a distributed publishing environment. I have, for example, a photo of a car racer. I need to know who the racer in the picture is, who took the picture, what format it was taken in (i.e., JPEG), what date it was taken on, and so forth. RDF works just gorgeously for this. As to whether it's suitable for all conceivable object interchange, I don't know and I'm not sure I care since I only try to use RDF for its intended purpose (metadata). I actually think the "meta" part is what makes the spec comprehensible, because I can always return to a specific purpose. I believe that RDF went too far with its syntax to try to make virtually every XML document valid RDF. If you want to define a metadata language, define one. If you want to define a general object interchange language, define that instead. Jeff > -----Original Message----- > From: owner-xml-dev@i... > [mailto:owner-xml-dev@i...]On Behalf Of > Eve L. Maler > Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 1999 2:59 PM > To: 'xml-dev@i...' > Subject: Re: Some questions > > > At 05:58 AM 10/30/99 -0400, David Megginson wrote: > >That's just the problem with the spec -- if you forget the > word/prefix > >"meta" completely, RDF is just an XML format for object exchange; it > >just happens that one possible application of those objects if > >metadata, and the RDF-Syntax spec mixes the two together. > > When people talk about RDF, the "meta" part is what I have > trouble with in > general. In what way is markup not metadata? In what way > are element > content and attribute values not also metadata (depending on > what you do > with them)? It feels weird for one particular data model to > claim to have > cornered the metadata market. > > Eve > > xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, > mailto:xml-dev@i... > Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and > on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 > To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; > unsubscribe xml-dev > To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the > following message; > subscribe xml-dev-digest > List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...) > > xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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