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Didier PH Martin wrote:

> Ok I get it. So, other XML documents may as well be processed by an RDF
> parser and transformed into triples. Interesting, up to now I saw RDF in
> more restrictive ways.

Recently at work, I have been able to work in some rdf without requiring 
anyone else to get into rdf in a big way.  For both of these jobs, we 
had to create a new xml foramt for certain data.  I suggested using a 
variety of striped format that would look minimally different from 
"ordinary" xml.  This approach also lets you write a (w3c xml-)schema or 
DTD for the file structure.  My argument was that we would come up with 
something new anyway, so why not adapt it slightly for rdf-compatibility.

This way, people can use ordinary xml tools - xslt or what have you - 
and if and when it proves useful, start using rdf-aware tools as well. 
I wrote the files by hand, and then validated them against the w3c rdf 
validator to make usre I hd gotten them right.

It's true that you usually have to add a few things into the format to 
make the rdf work, but sometimes it takes very little.


Tom P

Thomas B. Passin
Explorer's Guide to the Semantic Web (Manning Books)


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