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   RE: [xml-dev] Meta-somethingorother (was the semantic web mega-permathre

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  • To: <martind@netfolder.com>,"Michael Champion" <mc@xegesis.org>,"XML Developers List" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Meta-somethingorother (was the semantic web mega-permathread thing)
  • From: "Joshua Allen" <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 09:46:41 -0700
  • Thread-index: AcROQK1owWHEbdgZQSS/ydVhPzCmewAACVjQ
  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] Meta-somethingorother (was the semantic web mega-permathread thing)

> > Most of your files already have metadata.  Right-click on any movie,
> > picture, word processing, or other similar file.  Select
> > You will be able to access a boatload of metadata like "author",
> > recorded", "last update".
> That's it, not more than that? Gee I expected more like, for instance,
> unifying the index with the actual file meta-data. Maybe a limited
list of
> keywords associated to the file (off course not all, just in case you

Of course; you get lots of cool features.  I thought you were asking how
WinFS actually obtains the metadata.

As far as accessing and using the metadata; you get a number of ways.
It's all stored and indexed in the same place, and the list of
properties, etc. is all available.  You can execute queries over the
data using built-in search UI, using a query language from the APIs, or
data binding to the storage in Windows UI.  You can grab items and
traverse properties programmatically, etc.  So, yes, you can do a lot
with it once it is exposed through WinFS rather than stuck in each file.


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