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   Re: [xml-dev] The perils of P18S (was Re: [xml-dev] Why RDF is hard )

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In a message dated 19/11/2002 14:29:35 GMT Standard Time, danny666@virgilio.it writes:

Quoting Joshua Allen it makes it "...possible for anyone in the world to
assertions about things in such a way that everyone else in the world
can locate them, use them, and in turn make assertions about them."

Mm .... Really??

I guess it all depends on semantics. Taken literally it isn't true that "anyone in the world" can do all these things. Much of the world doesn't even have running water never mind electricity, a telephone or internet access. For much of the world RDF is an irrelevance.

RDF, in reality, is of practical interest to a very small proportion of the world's population - at least for the foreseeable future. That, of course, doesn't exclude the possibility that it is useful. Nor does it exclude the possibility that RDF is important.

However, it doesn't seem to me that claims of universality which are a million miles from practical reality strengthens the case for RDF.

A more measured and realistic statement of the same idea would carry more weight with me.


Andrew Watt


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