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The harsher problem will be if the solutions for these 
add unnecessary costs to projects and bids.  That will 
result in them being truly academic exercises and perhaps 
in casting a worse shadow on them then they merit.  
Political pounding can result in a lot of rework, 
reinvention and shifts of power centers.  That is a bad thing.

Where this will become evident is in data design efforts 
that insist on using SW technology for features that can 
just as easily be accomplished with other more readily 
available technologies.  Responses such as "the W3C 
has a vested interest in xxx" are the kinds of responses 
that make me ignore the specifications being produced 
by that working group.  It tells me that the engineer 
or writer has not thought through the alternatives or 
is simply preferring a local implementation strategy.

Otherwise, efforts such as the SemWeb are part of the 
W3C's charter to be forward looking.  That is a good 
thing.  It becomes a bad thing when individuals or 
companies sign up to efforts based purely on their 
originator and a perception of political correctness. 
That is a good way to go out of business.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dare Obasanjo [mailto:dareo@microsoft.com]

It saddens me that intelligent people are wasting cycles
pontificating on the pie in the sky that is the semantic
too-fantastic-to-ever-be-real web instead of applying themselves to
solve problems that exist today in ways that benefit the average user
and the average developer. 


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