[rdfweb-dev] Re: bio:olb --- text or hypertext?

Dan Brickley danbri at w3.org
Wed Aug 6 00:25:02 UTC 2003


* Morten Frederiksen <mof-rdf at mfd-consult.dk> [2003-08-06 01:31+0200]
> On Wednesday 06 August 2003 01:16, Bill Kearney wrote:
> > Meanwhile, we'll encode.
> Sad.
> 
> Please remember that not all software renders tag soup, actually only human 
> interfaces do, and this is about machine-readable descriptions.

That's an argument which also works to support the occasional exchange
of fragments of ill-formed markup. See http://rdfweb.org/2001/01/swipe/ 
for a use case (a screenscraping app -- which needs fragments of markup
to work).
Also http://search.cpan.org/author/AUTRIJUS/WWW-SherlockSearch-0.14/lib/WWW/SherlockSearch.pm
for Perl code that consumes such data (although currently from Apple's
.src Sherlock format, it could easily consume RDF instead now RDF::Core
is in CPAN).
 
> If you insist on tag-soup, don't use RDF.

Describing bits of tag soup (an occasionally useful thing to do) doesn't 
necessarily endorse the practice. 

Dan



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