OASIS Mailing List ArchivesView the OASIS mailing list archive below
or browse/search using MarkMail.


Help: OASIS Mailing Lists Help | MarkMail Help



   RE: [xml-dev] XML/RDF

[ Lists Home | Date Index | Thread Index ]

That seems harsh, lads.  The article only claims to show how 
one can use the two technologies together should one want to 
do so.  If metadata is as important as some seem to suggest, 
then it doesn't appear to me that they are preventing people 
from using their technologies.  They are exposing some weaknesses 
and deliberately, IMO.  For example, the loosy goosy way that 
IDs were applied prior to DTDs in web markup is a known problem. 
So RDF it or give it the proper type in a DTD.  Since the topic 
is RDF-friendly, the technique is fine but again, it demonstrates 
that pure XML-well-formed-only systems have this hole among others. 

The container striping is weird.  On the other hand, RDF is not 
XML and this is one of those impedance mismatches.  It's good 
to see it exposed.  The about attributes are just RDF type 
system declaration semantics being hoisted over to XML that 
doesn't have them.  It doesn't leave me cold, but I am not a 
fan of URI usage given that the W3C has never been able to 
close that work item, but rather, keeps layering more goo 
onto the top of the cake.  

As to use of other ontologies, this looks like good advice 
but is politically problematic.  It depends on the source 
of the ontology.  It is a fact of life that not every agency 
wishes to reuse the definitions of another agency.  Anyone 
who thinks the advent of the web put away the politics of 
NIH isn't thinking clearly.   Learning from the work of others 
is usually acceptable.  Enabling them to rule the namespaces 
of another agency's documents seldom is.   Namespaces, even 
where technically workable, will always present a political 


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

Articles like this go a long way towards convincing me that the RDF folks are very determined to prevent people from actually using their technology or the Semantic Web. ;) 

	From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com] 

	If people thought that XLink was an intrusive technology, I'm not sure
	what they'll make of the RDF-friendly XML described at:


News | XML in Industry | Calendar | XML Registry
Marketplace | Resources | MyXML.org | Sponsors | Privacy Statement

Copyright 2001 XML.org. This site is hosted by OASIS