Re: syntax, model
Simon St.Laurent wrote: >jonathan@o... (Jonathan Borden) writes: > > >>The point is that RDF/OWL is *a way* to specify shared semantics, not >>the only way. It is as useful as is the subset of all software that is >>written to process it. The more software that is written to conform to >>RDF/OWL, the more useful it gets, just like the browser itself, or PDF >>Word, etc. >> >> > >Call me when it gets there. Browsers, PDF, and Word all have much more >modest and perhaps even achievable ambitions. > > Note to self ... schedule call to Simon circa 2100... Admittedly RDF/OWL have nowhere near the 'market share' of HTML and XML. There is also no question in my mind that the principle benefit of XML is syntactic... I'd go as far as to say the *sole* benefit of XML. Yet if all we were concerned about was *syntax* then this mailgroup should have shut itself down perhaps sometime in 2000 ... aside from our discussions of character mappings, unicode esoterica, NEL etc... which have zero effect on me *personally* (I don't mean to denigrate the importance of cleaning all this up, it's just that I *personally* don't give this issues a moments notice when sitting down to write an XML application) So, we have XML, we have SAX which transmits XML to applications ... *and that's about it.* It all really works quite well, and has received great adoption. Let's declare success! (seriously) Of course we still have issues when transmitting information, and writing programs that process messages/information, which is why this group remains active. Lot's of these issues relate to semantics/schemata/"PSVI" etc. There seems to me, from what I read here, a *huge* need to better understand application level *semantics* and how to properly understand semantics in a rational, useful and specific fashion, rather than as a catch-all phrase for everything beyond byte encodings. BTW: RDF is catching on in a pernocious fashion e.g. http://www.adobe.com/products/xmp/main.html see: http://www.adobe.com/products/xmp/related.html but clearly it remains to be seen. On the other hand much of the fun (for me) is in *getting there* rather than in where we end up. Jonathan
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