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   RE: RDF considered optional

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "'XML Dev'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 20:19:01 -0500 (EST)

Jeffrey E. Sussna writes:

[on the omissibility of rdf:RDF]

 > I took it the same way. But doesn't that violate the principle of
 > XML as being self-describing?

First, there is no such published principle for XML itself, though the
Namespaces spec provides an infrastructure for such a thing.

Second, it in no way violates it, because if you recognise the
namespaces/elements being used, you can still figure out that you're
dealing with RDF (and if not, fat lot of good they'll do you anyway).

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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