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  • From: "Michael S. Brothers" <Michael.S.Brothers@EMCIns.Com>
  • To: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
  • Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 14:33:32 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)


You are right, of course. That is why I used the term "semi-semantic", 
and even that may be a stretch. In fact, the more this debate has worn 
on, and through some enlightenment given me by John Gardner off-line, I 
think Simon is right. Time to slow down, survey where we are, and make 
the current tools work. Simply expanding the role of the namespace URI 
is a solution in search of a problem.

Take Care,

On Thu, 18 May 2000 14:05:53 -0500 Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net> 

> "Michael S. Brothers" wrote:
> > 
> > ...
> > 
> > Can we perhaps have the "semi-semantic" Web (in the meantime, until
> > HAL is born) by actually assigning meaning (DTD, Schema, mapping info,
> > whatever) to the namespace URI? 
> Where is the meaning in a DTD, schema or mapping info? If I give you 
> <?xml version="1.0"?>
> <FOO/>
> How would a DTD/schema or mapping info help either you or the computer
> to understand it? They might help you to *process* it, which is an
> important goal, but it that is not the same as understanding it.
> I see virtue in the idea of the namespace referent being a known
> vocabulary with pointers to various processing specifications. But I
> don't call think that that would lead us to a "semantic web". Perhaps a
> more useful web, but not a semantic one.
> -- 
>  Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for himself
Michael S. Brothers
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