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- From: David Megginson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: 23 Nov 1999 07:07:23 -0500
Paul Prescod <email@example.com> writes:
> Let's try it this way: RDF is hardly taking over the world today. I
> claim that that confusion stems primarily from several factors, but
> at least one of them is syntax.
Well, RDF is making some progress behind the scenes, but it's hardly a
tidal wave, and I'd agree with Paul that the overly-complex syntax is
the biggest barrier. The schema spec is nice and simple, though.
> The syntax is brutally complex because it reintroduces minimization
> hacks like the ones XML took out of SGML.
Yes, that is very unfortunate.
> Without the minimization hacks, the syntax is verbose and hard to
That's inevitable for any kind of object exchange, though -- it's the
nature of the normalized object-oriented information.
Here's some mostly non-minimized RDF (using only the rdf:type as class
It's a little verbose, but it does keep the data properly normalized
and uniquely identified. The XMI for this might be a little less
readable, I'd think.
All the best,
David Megginson firstname.lastname@example.org
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