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   Re: Standard way to express object, not resource, rels in XML?

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  • From: tpassin@home.com
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 20:56:22 -0400

"Mike Brown" <mbrown@corp.webb.net> wrote -

> I want to use XML to express relationships between instances of the
> conceptual/abstract objects that are each modeled by separate XML
> (or separate collections of documents). I was about to make something up
> that was specific to my application, but I was wondering if there was a
> standard way to do this.
> ...
> RDF seems to be concerned with metadata like this, but a cursory
> of what RDF covers made it look like it, too, was more concerned with
> "resources" like documents. Would RDF actually be a good system for
> the kinds of relationships I am talking about, or should I just make
> something up that is specific to my application? If RDF is applicable, can
> someone provide a short example of how it should be done?
It would seem that somewhere, your system would need to know where foo1 and
foo2 are, if only to be able to get at their properties.  You could hide
this from a user, though.

RDF would seem to be the thing.  You could look at Topic Maps, too.

Tom Passin


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