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   RE: [xml-dev] XML/RDF

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At 11/4/02 07:00 PM, Simon St. Laurent wrote:
 >"Eschew mixed content" seemed the most ridiculous (and memorable) at the
 >time, and I'd been having particular annoyances with general failures to
 >appreciate mixed content at that point.  (Both W3C XML Schema and RELAX
 >NG seem to treat it as a special case rather than as something quite
 >normal, though RELAX NG is less extreme in that.)

I think many people appreciate mixed content for its expressive power, but 
find it a pain to process, and so find advantages in avoiding the 
processing of it where possible. With all the additional constraints of 
RDF-conformant XML, it's even less expressive, and often even easier to 
process, so it's well-suited to certain applications.

Especially metadata. I still find it a little ironic that while RDF has 
gotten so much publicity as a technology for warm and fuzzy AI 
pie-in-the-sky technology, it's gotten most of its traction in the mundane 
world of metadata. Try searching oclc.org (The Online Computer Library 
Center--"Helping libraries serve people") for "RDF". When searching from 
their home page, the first 15 or so hits all go to the same RDF/Topic Map 
integration project, but many hits after that go to all kinds of different 
work going on there. And for successful use of RDF in metadata, there's 
always Mozilla...

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snee.com>  "The elements be kind to thee, and make thy
spirits all of comfort!" Anthony and Cleopatra, III ii
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