[microformats-discuss] FYI: two posting about the Semantic Web,
the "SynWeb", scraping and microformats
ian at hixie.ch
Mon Oct 24 17:45:27 PDT 2005
On Tue, 25 Oct 2005, Danny Ayers wrote:
> Take a train timetable. Would you prefer 1000 human-readable HTML
> pages detailing the journeys, or just a form with fields for start and
> destination, a machine to do the searching for you?
The former, with computers able to determine what that data means and make
use of it.
Business addresses. Would you prefer 10,000,000 human-readable Web pages
with business names, addresses, etc, or just a form with fields for
company name and a machine to do the searching for you?
The former is what we have today. Google Local and other search providers
have proved that you don't need anything more to get high-quality
geographic data out of those 10,000,000 pages. (i.e. they can make the
second from the first.)
(Disclaimer: All numbers above are arbitrary.)
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