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   Re: [xml-dev] ANN: Article on using RDF to provide extensibility and mod

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On Friday, 25 April 2003 at 13:29, Bill de hÓra wrote:
> Mike Champion wrote:

>> 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.

> It's a fable, so you can moralize about anything. But even so, why 
> is Kerry using XML at all? All that overhead when n-triples would 
> interchange just as well. And it seems Sam could do with an 
> introduction to XPath :)
Kerry uses XML because there are many existing parsers and writers for
XML. There are few, if any for N-Triples. Also the simple RDF I
advocate in the article is certainly more readable than the equivilent
N-Triple version.

> (RDF isn't entirely suitable for drip feed or
> evoutionary development).
Actually, I believe just the opposite (unless I'm misunderstanding
your comment). Look at FOAF - it's easy to get started, and it's very
easy to drip feed new developments into the spec, or a third-party
module. The only code it affects is on the query side - the parser
always remains the same.

- Ian <iand@internetalchemy.org>
"Minds are like books - they work best when open"


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