Re: Why RDF is hard
> > jonathan@o... (Jonathan Borden) writes: Oops. I tripped up the attributions on this one. It was Simon who said this, of course. > > I find markup very human - even annoyingly human. I just came back from > > a meeting where I showed off some SVG maps but really wowed them with > > the raw XML used to store the data. I never mentioned or explained XML, > > but I didn't have to - they were looking at the marked-up data and > > comparing it to the SVG and performing their own transformations. Then > > they asked if they could add X, Y, and Z or put it into Excel/SPSS/etc. > > and were happy that the answer was yes. > > Markup is not "human" whasoever. > > XML is like RDF. It starts out quite easy, and then gets hard quickly. > > Did you have to explain what < meant in your presentation? Did the > presentation have any foreign languages so that when you showed the plain text > in an American plain text processor you had to explain that the a-hat and > other assorted squigglies were really Japanese writing? Did you have to talk > about any processing (you know, to actually make the data useful). Did you > then have to explain to them SAX, DOM or data bindings? > > BTW, you use Java. Did you try explaining that code to the folks you were > working with? > > Sorry, but I fond this argument specious. > > > -- > Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc. > http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com > Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p > y.html > The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind > ex.php/article/articleview/663/1/24/ > The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 2 - 'http://www.webservices.org/in > dex.php/article/articleview/679/1/24/ > Serenity through markup - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6807 > Tip: Using generators for XML processing - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork > s/xml/library/x-tipgenr.html > > > > ----------------------------------------------------------------- > The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an > initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> > > The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ > > To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription > manager: <http://lists.xml.org/ob/adm.pl> >
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