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   Re: Announce: Topic Map Standard out for Final Committee Draft Ballot

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  • From: Dave Winer <dave@userland.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 08:48:06 -0800

What kind of applications would we use the Topic Map structures for? 

It always helps me to understand this kind of stuff if I can understand a
compelling application for it.


At 10:28 AM 11/14/98 -0600, you wrote:
>The Topic Navigation Map (Topic Map) standard, ISO/IEC 13250, is out for
>ballot to become a final committee draft, the last stage before becoming a
>full standard.  You can find the draft being balloted at
><http://www.ornl.gov/sgml/sc34/document/0008.htm>. This ballot lasts until
>the end of February. However, in order to progress the standard as quickly
>as possible, we'd like to get comments to the editors before the end of the
>The Topic Map standard is similar to RDF in some ways (but has an
>essentially different focus and intended domain of application). It is also
>designed to be implementable using Xlink.  It defines a relatively simple
>(but still powerful) approach to representing rich relationships among
>information objects.
>If you are working with Xlink, especially extended links, or thinking about
>how you might use them productively, I urge you to take a look at the
>standard.  I have started putting together some examples, both to test the
>standard and to use in my Xlink class.  I will be posting these as soon as
>possible, hopefully within the week. 
>NOTE: some of the prose in the standard is currently a bit dense and
>abstract. the U.S., France, and Norway have developed comments against the
>current draft that should help to make things much clearer (we hope).  If
>you're trying to read the standard and not getting it, send me mail and
>I'll see what I can do to help.  The editors are already working on fixing
>these problems, but they can't be made officially visible at this time
>because of process constraints.
>We all think that topic maps could be a really interesting application of
>Xlink. They are, I think, relevant to some of the work that Peter
>Murry-Rust has been doing on developing online glossaries and the like.
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