[microformats-discuss] FYI: two posting about the Semantic Web,
the "SynWeb", scraping and microformats
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
drernie at opendarwin.org
Mon Oct 24 21:43:14 PDT 2005
On Oct 24, 2005, at 8:35 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
>> Sorry, that doesn't work. RDF is optimised for modelling things and
>> relationships between them. HTML is optimised for rendering
> Humans don't model things and the relationships between them,
Huh? Okay, now you've *both* got me thoroughly confused. :-)
Last I checked, humans are *entirely* designed around relationships.
Geez, doesn't anybody here have a social life? (pauses, realizing
he's sending email at 9:30 PM at night...).
Uh, forget I said that, and turn to the whole relationship thing.
This may be going beyond microformats to RESTafarian land, but in my
worldview the whole point of URLs is to express relationships between
documents. In fact, it is trivial to map any element of a database
onto a URL:
And I'm pretty sure some thesis or other proved you can normalized
any data into a relational database (as long as it isn't Quantum
Given that, I don't see anything fundamentally different between
expressing relationships as RDF triples vs. a "rel" between two
documents. You may not like the syntax as much, but so what? What
exactly does that syntax (or rather, the relational model behind it)
actually get you?
Puzzled in Sacramento,
-- Ernie P.
Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D. <drernie at opendarwin.org>
Ex-Physicist, Marketing Weenie, and Dilettante Hacker
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