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Re: [ontolog-forum] W3C "Semantics" badge introduced.

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:14:21 -0500
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On 1/18/2011 11:53 AM, Duane Nickull wrote:
> Giving meaning to structure, semantics are front and center with HTML5.
> A richer set of tags, along with RDFa, microdata, and microformats, are
> enabling a more useful, data driven web for both programs and your users.
> Hmmmm.....hasn't this approach failed before?    (01)

For any term X, there are successful things that are labeled with X
and failures that are labeled with X.  And the reasons for the
successes or failures usually have nothing to do with X.    (02)

The main thing I like about HTML5 is their upward compatibility
with what people have been doing successfully with HTML4 and the
hodge-podge of plug-ins like Flash.  Some of the applications look
good, and I wish them well.    (03)

As for the word 'semantics', that is one of the most abused terms
in computer technology.  Every useful program has syntax, semantics,
and pragmatics.  But whenever I see the word 'semantics', I ignore
the hype and look at what they're actually doing.    (04)

John    (05)

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