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Dare, the specification for RDF is nothing more than a manual to help people
understand it and use it. (Well, at least this is my understanding of what a
W3C spec should be.) And RDF is nothing more than a tool. Neither an angel
or devil, but technology.
If there is bleed through from the RDF working group to the rest of the XML
world, the fault for this lies in the W3C and the Technical Architecture
group; with people not paying attention to their user base. The fault
doesn't lie with RDF.
No one is forcing anyone to use RDF. However, if the W3C is taking
components of RDF and generalizing them to the XML world at large, then the
W3C has lost touch with the XML community in its eagerness to reach the
semantic web. And this doesn't necessarily benefit anyone.
>The last time I looked the W3C Technical Architecture Group was going to
issue some direction on namespace documents and intended to recommend
RDDL/RDF. This may not literally be "forcing" authorities that own XML
namespaces to use RDF but it is >a strong push and some would at least call
From: Shelley Powers [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sun 11/17/2002 5:11 PM
To: Simon St.Laurent; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Why RDF is hard
No one is forcing anyone to use RDF. This isn't a dismissal -- this
was meant to be a reassurance.