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   Re: [xml-dev] Why RDF is hard

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At 7:02 PM -0500 11/17/02, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
>jonathan@openhealth.org (Jonathan Borden) writes:
>>Sorry, I was refering to RDF itself, as opposed to RDF/XML. the much
>>maligned XML serialization syntax.
>So was I.  The serialization syntax merely makes a bad situation worse.
>>Do you mean RDF/XML as a syntax is difficult, or what goes on after
>>the RDF/XML syntax is transformed into a set of triples being hard? I
>>fully agree that if the problem is that lack of a clearcut
>>relationship between syntax and triples, then by all means change the
>>RDF/XML syntax. Indeed many RDF folks have essentially abandonded
>>RDF/XML itself for N3/N-triples.
>N3 makes a bad situation clear.  That clarity doesn't help those of us
>who don't think in triples and don't have the patience to string triples
>together into structures.
>For those who think in triples, RDF is a delight.  I just wish those
>people would recognize that a lot of people cannot and will not be
>joining them in that delight.

One last thing, and I'll be removing myself from this RDF debate 
since I've had it demonstrated overy clearly to me over in my weblog 
that I have nothing to offer:

No one is forcing anyone to use RDF. This isn't a dismissal -- this 
was meant to be a reassurance.


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