Sorry to insist again from my previous post, but if I take the
following practical example (not currently used as far as I know on the
visible web - but works fine in Firefox browser):|
To me, it contains XML, not just (X)HTML.
To me, this XML is not just "plumbing".
To me, this representation is much more beneficial than the pure HTML
form below - assuming an appropriate application/smart browser can
process the http://someindustrystandard.org namespace.
In addition, to me, it's evolutionary from the HTML that all web
developers know, not revolutionary.
So, do you see any reason why this approach couldn't be a
non-detrimental, practical way to put information on the visible web
that is also understandable by machines. If not, what are the other
options? how do they compare?
Costello, Roger L. wrote:
Once again, many thanks for your
outstanding comments. Below I have tried to recap the core
assertions. I am sure that many of the assertions could be worded
better or more precisely. Please let me know. And as always, I
welcome your critique of the assertions. /Roger
There is little usage of XML on the visible
Web. That is, the
information available to the end user (or his/her browser) is primarily
in the form of (X)HTML, not XML.
is not appropriate for the visible Web.
XML will continue to have limited usage on the visible
Web. As Len Bullard says, “XML
the visible Web, (X)HTML will continue to be the
primary markup language for the foreseeable future.
more a resource makes available its information (in an appropriate
way) on the visible Web, the more useful and beneficial it becomes to the
Web services are part of the hidden Web,
and are useful and beneficial to the Web community only to the
extent they are able to contribute or facilitate the availability of information
in an appropriate fashion to the visible Web.
your main efforts on making information available on the visible Web in an appropriate fashion such that
the benefits of doing so are maximized, and without introducing a
I gratefully acknowledge the
outstanding comments from the following people:
The visible Web is the portion of the Web that
produces information intended for human consumption. In particular, this document focuses on the portion of the Web that
produces information to be consumed by humans via a browser. The visible Web is the portion of the Web that
produces information that is available to search engines.
DEFINITION – HIDDEN (INVISIBLE) WEB
The hidden Web, on the
other hand, is the portion of the Web that produces the information
intended to be consumed by machines (i.e., machine-to-machine
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