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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 16:18:53 -0400
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Paola,    (01)

The first point to emphasize is that the W3C is a very big organization
with many people with a diverse range of opinions.  In that sense, it is
like IBM, which has many people like me who often ridicule the pomposity
of some people who promote the official "party line."    (02)

PDM> Are you saying that JSON should be 'acknowledged' by the W3C?    (03)

The official dogma of the Semantic Web is "Thou shalt represent every
kind of language in XML."  Anything contrary to that dogma is "heresy"
or, in IBM jargon, "counterstrategic".    (04)

In any case, following is a W3C report that talks about using JSON
for serializing the results of a SPARQL query:    (05)

    http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-sparql-json-res/    (06)

That demonstrates that some people in the W3C recognize the value
of JSON for representing the data, but they aren't ready to admit
the heresy of claiming that a notation based on JSON might be
superior to XML for representing the equivalent of RDF and OWL.    (07)

But the idea of using JSON (and other notations) as a replacement
or at least a supplement to XML isn't new.  Following is an example:    (08)

http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2007/10/where_json_should_fit_in_xml_l.html    (09)

The history of religion shows that there are four ways of dealing with
heretics:  behead them, excommunicate them, ignore them, or co-opt them.    (010)

To behead anyone who spouts heresy is illegal.  To excommunicate
them creates enemies that can cause a lot of trouble.  To ignore them
doesn't create enemies, but they can still be competitors.  The best
strategy is to co-opt them:  welcome them into the community, adopt
their approach, rename it, and make it official.    (011)

My recommendation for the Semantic Web is to welcome the heresy and
the heretics.  Admit that the focus of the Semantic Web is semantics.
The notation should be secondary, and JSON should be just as official
as anything based on XML.  Instead of fighting JSON, they should
adopt it as a growth path for the future.    (012)

Please don't tell anyone, but one reason why I want the Semantic Web
to adopt JSON is that it would weaken the hold of XML as the official
dogma.  The next step in my secret strategy is to promote controlled
natural languages for representing not only RDF and OWL, but a wide
range of other notations for logic.  See    (013)

    http://www.jfsowa.com/talks/cnl4ss.pdf    (014)

John    (015)

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