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> On Tue, 19 Nov 2002 11:27:07 +0100, Danny Ayers <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > I have yet to see an XML application that couldn't be done without XML,
> > so
> > that argument isn't particularly strong. The point is that in the same
> > way a
> > lot of applications are considerably easier to implement using XML, quite
> > a
> > few applications are considerably easier with RDF, and such practical
> > applications are now popping up all over the place.
> I hesitate to walk into this fire yet again, but I am genuinely curious:
> Many of the examples people use to illustrate the adoption of RDF
> seem to be XML formats that happen to be RDF-processable
> (dmoz.org and RSS 1.0 come to mind). Others are clearly RDF
> applications that happen to use XML serialization (it looks like most
> of the projects on the semantic web page cited recently fall into
> that category).
I don't process dmoz data or RSS feeds with XML tools. I use RDF tools, which
allow for easy aggregation, query and other processing. Ditto all the other
RDF formats *I've* worked with, including The RPM Repository metadata, PRISM,
MusicBrainz, The ISO BSR rdfs dump, Wordnet/RDF, etc.
RDF allows me to process such things with a *great* reduction in work, and a
great gain in performance. And it allows me to congruently combine one with
another with a similar ease.
Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com
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
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 2 - 'http://www.webservices.org/in
Serenity through markup - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6807
Tip: Using generators for XML processing - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork