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   Re: [xml-dev] ANN: owl.dtd

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John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org> wrote:

| The RDF/XML syntax is designed to minimize the Hamming distance between
| any fairly well designed data-oriented XML and valid RDF.

An example demonstrating this assertion would be enlightening.  Right now,
I'm not sure I understand how "Hamming distance" applies.  

All the more so because I don't find any evidence of "design" in RDF/XML
syntax: on the contrary it's all too obvious that some people were in an
inordinate rush to start tossing taggery into Netploder.  

When it - naturally, later - came to light that DTDs probably wouldn't
"allow" such happy-go-taggy insouciance, the tack to take became, "Well,
this DTD stuff is no damn good."  BTDT.


| In other words, it maximizes flexibility; there is *always* more than
| one way to do it.

Yes. and that's why I find the claim of maximum flexibility dubious.


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