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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 11:25:14 -0500

At 03:49 PM 12/21/00 +0000, Sean B. Palmer wrote:
>People who say that the SW is a bad vision, or un-implementable are clearly
>missing the point: the Semantic Web should be a Web that helps us to do
>things that would be better covered by machines. It's already in existance
>to some extent, but it's not being realised to anywhee near its full
>potential. The Semantic Web is whatever we want it to be.

If the Semantic Web is whatever we want it to be, I'm not sure where the
'vision thing' comes in.

Or maybe I just prefer a worse-is-better approach of slowly stumbling
toward a fragmented but practical semantic web rather than a directed march
toward the Semantic Web.  Since I strongly suspect that 'semantic web' does
not equal 'Semantic Web', I may be missing the point, but I'm certainly
doing so deliberately.

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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