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   Re: Success factors for the Web and Semantic Web

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 10:33:54 -0500

At 03:15 PM 12/21/00 +0000, Sean B. Palmer wrote:
>> URIs in general remain deeply amorphous.
>Yes, they are, but I thikn some of the confusion about "URIs pointing to
>information" is derived from a popular misnomer: "that because the SW is
>evolving from all of the technologies and architectures of the WWW, it is
>going to be a similar system". Just to clarify that, it isn't! If people
>think that they can look for the best porn site in the galaxy on an SW
>search engine and find it, then they are very much mistaken. That is *not*
>what the SW is about: it's a database, not a book (or picture book).

Er, I've described the Web in its current form as 'a database, not a book',
and I'm not really sure what you're getting at.  Are you just talking about
machine-readable versus human-readable?  Or something architectural?

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books


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