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On Thu, 24 Apr 2003 15:41:42 +0100, Ian Davis <iand@internetalchemy.org> 

> http://www.semanticplanet.com/2003/04/rdfForModularExtensibleMarkup.html
> 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? :-)


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