[rdfweb-dev] RDF all the way on XML.com
julian_bond at voidstar.com
Fri Aug 22 10:59:31 UTC 2003
Libby Miller <Libby.Miller at bristol.ac.uk> wrote:
>I think the underlying issue is that it's hard to encode a graph in a
>tree syntax, since trees are a subset of graphs and not the other way
In the real world, how much RDF is there out there that is encoding a
full graph that couldn't be expressed as an XML tree?
I know it's a half way house and not a general solution, but writing
RDF-XML so that it looks like a normal XML tree let's people use XML
tree tools to interpret it. As far as I can see this has no downside for
people using RDF tools to interpret it. The downside is that data that
really does need a graph layout will confuse all those people who never
made the jump to a real RDF tool. And it'll lead to another crop of
people who don't understand.
Going back to Atom, I don't really see the problem with mixing in RDF
constructs (like FOAF) as long as the end result is an XML tree. But
then that probably means I don't fully understand the issues.
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