[uf-discuss] semantic web and microformats
scott at randomchaos.com
Wed Oct 10 13:15:34 PDT 2007
On Oct 10, 2007, at 9:43 AM, Duncan Cragg wrote:
> Now, you made a point of stating that it's only for developers and
> being merely syntax and not semantics.
> Why is that? If you define hCard in JSON and I get one, I'll know it's
> an hCard, surely?
You will, but only because you already know what "vcard" means. That
definition is not included in the JSON document anywhere. So to make
a tool do something useful with the JSON representation of hCard,
you'd need to give it hCard-specific instructions for hCard. And the
same is true of RDF. To say that RDF parsers can parse any RDF is
like saying a six year old can read all words. That's true on some
level, but it's also useless on that level. The important part is
> And would it be considered 'stepping beyond the charter' to make the
> documentation of JSON Microformats an official part of this
> 'movement'? Not just for moving them around, but for fetching, with
> their own URIs and such.
> I know it's not following after existing practice, but is there an
> appetite for starting a parallel Microformats exercise doing this kind
> of thing? That is, taking the excellent work done, distilling data
> formats, and moving towards a 'hyperdata' proposal, with both XML and
> JSON forms, and links between them?
There is, on the -dev list. I'd encourage you to continue this
discussion there so that people who don't care about these topics
need not be bothered by them.
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