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On Thu, 24 Apr 2003 15:41:42 +0100, Ian Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Any comments are very welcome.
I was not at all persuaded by the "Sam the XML guy and Kerry the RDF guy"
fable. This basic approach can work if it is abstracting out the essence of
a lot of real-world cases, but I doubt if those exist for this "RDF kicks
raw XML's butt" scenario. That gets to the heart of many people's
skepticism about RDF -- it *sounds* like a good idea, but one doesn't see
very many people actually reaping all those benefits.
Hmm, at the risk of venturing into very flame-ridden territory, the
concrete example of RSS tends to point the opposite direction: most
bloggers balked at paying the "RDF tax" and tend to stick with XML, or XML-
like stuff that one can extract RSS information from anyway. Where are the
real-world Kerrys with stories of their greatly enhanced productivity?
(well, besides Uche ...). Happily at the pub or at home rather than
updating their blogs or ranting on xml-dev about how much of a return they
got on their RDF "investment", maybe? :-)