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I agree with that. Syntax is not trivial because it is habitual.
I also think, purely sociologically, that the zeitgeist is not
ripe for another major change. Even if the sebweb is positioned
as just a completion of the current web, I don't sense a desire
out here to take on yet another technology to do what we are
doing with the current ones. A developer made a remark to me
a few days ago that stuck with me: "What I dislike is having
to tell the customer that we almost have working what we had
working five years ago."
I am thinking of Tim Bray's latest blog on web services. We
often do find that the thing we can do now that works is
better than the thing we can do next year that is harder
and more to learn to get only slightly better results. I
spent a few cycles making a Foxpro database generate
ERDs in VML. It's a stupid pet trick, but my customers
are wild for it. Now I can spend more cycles making it
generate Visio, but so far, no one is asking for that.
If they do, I will, but in the commercial world, it is
usually best to wait until they do ask. Who is asking
for the Semantic Web?
From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Part of what bothers me about the semantic web is syntax. It's too
ugly to be practical. And syntax does matter. XML succeeded where
SGML failed not because XML can do anything SGML can't (except maybe
internationalization) but because the XML syntax story is cleaner and
more approachable. The RDF syntax is just too ugly to be plausible.