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   RE: The RDF model *is* part of the problem

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  • From: Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
  • To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 09:05:46 -0000

Stefan Decker wrote:
> Mark,
> if i look at your example:
> >   [my object-as-XML sample]
> all i need to make a valid RDF-document out of it is to add namespace 
> declarations:
> <?xml version='1.0' encoding='ISO-8859-1'?>
> <rdf:RDF
>   xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"
>   xmlns= "http://www.rdfschema.org/mynamespace.rdf#">
> at the beginning
> and
> </rdf:RDF>
> at the end, and to replace ID with rdf:ID. Thats it.
> [Stefan's RDF version of same object]
> Maybe the syntax isn't that bad....

That's right. IMO, the whole point of the 'abbreviated forms' that have
been moaned about recently is so that almost any *existing* XML file can
'become' RDF. As it happens you don't even need the RDF tag or the ID
attribute - they can be abbreviated too so you could have left my XML
alone and just said 'it is now RDF'.

Best regards,

Mark Birbeck

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