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   Re: Success factors for the Web and Semantic Web

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  • From: "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>
  • To: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>,xml-dev <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 14:53:40 +0000

> We can't entirely put away natural language. In fact, we'd be
> hard pressed to give a closed definition for "natural language".
> If you can create an RDF from the web pages, you can do it
> from other texts.  The formality and structure of the texts make
> a difference of degree.

Well, yes. But you can only extract RDF from Web pages if they are really
well marked up. It relies on the semantics of XHTML, not the semantics of
the natural language contained within XHTML. I've felt the sting of this
problem myself [1], i.e. [2].
<sigh/> it would be so much easier if we could just add RDF to XHTML...

[1] http://www.mysterylights.com/xhtmltordf/
[2] http://www.mysterylights.com/xhtmltordf/xhtmltordf.xsl

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
http://www.w3.org/WAI/ [ERT/GL/PF]
"Perhaps, but let's not get bogged down in semantics."
   - Homer J. Simpson, BABF07.


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