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   Re: [xml-dev] Why RDF is hard

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> jonathan@openhealth.org (Jonathan Borden) writes:

> I find markup very human - even annoyingly human.  I just came back from
> a meeting where I showed off some SVG maps but really wowed them with
> the raw XML used to store the data.  I never mentioned or explained XML,
> but I didn't have to - they were looking at the marked-up data and
> comparing it to the SVG and performing their own transformations.  Then
> they asked if they could add X, Y, and Z or put it into Excel/SPSS/etc.
> and were happy that the answer was yes.

Markup is not "human" whasoever.

XML is like RDF.  It starts out quite easy, and then gets hard quickly.

Did you have to explain what < meant in your presentation?  Did the 
presentation have any foreign languages so that when you showed the plain text 
in an American plain text processor you had to explain that the a-hat and 
other assorted squigglies were really Japanese writing?  Did you have to talk 
about any processing (you know, to actually make the data useful).  Did you 
then have to explain to them SAX, DOM or data bindings?

BTW, you use Java.  Did you try explaining that code to the folks you were 
working with?

Sorry, but I fond this argument specious.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind
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