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   Re: [xml-dev] XHTML 2.0: the one bright light?? (Was: linking, 80/20)

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> * Simon St Laurent
> | 
> | I worry about RDF (and URIs generally) poisoning XML, 
> How would it do that? As far as I can tell the two are entirely
> separate, except that one of the RDF syntaxes is based on XML.

No, it's the RDF mindset.  RDF people are perfectly happy manipulating
URIs as identifiers, so they slap that into XML (via namespaces) without
concern for the endless conversations and underspecified processing that
model produces - to the labels used by markup, no less.

RDF itself hasn't poisoned XML directly, unless Liam Quin gets his XMLr
proposal through.  RDF assumptions about the usefulness of URIs as
identifiers is downright toxic, however, when applied to XML.

See also the "patterns vs. identifiers" thread for a much more detailed
explication of why I think this mindset has caused grievous and
unnecessary harm to XML.


I don't, of course, expect people who think in terms of identifiers to
recognize the harm they've caused.

Simon St.Laurent - SSL is my TLA
http://simonstl.com may be my URI
http://monasticxml.org may be my ascetic URI
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