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Trusting the Semantic Web: Facts and Points of View
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 16:37:21 -0500
A Semantic Web of assertion databases can easily be a superstitious or gamed
How? Well, what does it let us do with citation databases that are opinions
or points of view?
<pointOfView>"...on this historical note, I would gently propose that XML
started in May 1994 at CERN, when a breakout group
debated where HTML might be headed, and in particular
how to handle domains such as Maths and Chemistry."</pointOfView>
<pointOfView>The founder of XML-Dev is the founder and moderator of
Would facts enable us to assign analogical credibility to the statements
<fact>Bill Tunnicliffe was the first to propose markup (late 1960s).</fact>
<fact>XML is a subset of SGML developed some years after ISO 8879
<fact>Discussions and working examples of content-oriented markup
predate MathML, CML, (See MIL-M-28001, 87269, and others)</fact>
<fact>Discussions and examples of using content-oriented markup for
hypertext predate the CERN meeting cited. See US Navy Work Package
DTDs and others.</fact>
It is hard to determine if XML started at the meeting cited
but not hard to assign a low credibility factor to that being
original thinking at the time. Influential? Can't say. No facts.
One would have to give XML a separate historical context which
would distort history.
<fact>CTS predates XML-Dev.</fact>
<fact>CTS and XML-Dev have markup topics.</fact>
<fact>The origin of most early XML-Dev topics are comp-text-sgml
It isn't hard to make a case even with interpretation that
Peter and Henry did host XML-Dev originally. Yet if the topics continued the
discussions on CTS, what exactly did they found? While we may
be able to determine the truth of a given fact, how we reason with that,
what we conclude, can vary by the goal of the interpretation.
We say "let a thousand flowers bloom" but when that becomes inconvenient,
someone will be pruning the fact base.
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