On 2/7/14 9:36 AM, John F Sowa wrote:
> Kingsley and Tara,
> I agree with both of you.
>> If they [Amazon, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn...] used RDF
>> (forget about the RDF/XML notation) they would have
>> a much better system.
> Yes. My only addition is that we need upward compatible extensions.
> OWL is one example. My only complaint about OWL is the word 'the'
> in front of the name. (01)
Yes, the use of "The" is rampant in dialog around technologies relating
to W3C specs. This is indeed a problem, one that many do not immediately
recognize at first blush. I consider it a kind of passive-aggressive
mode to marketing that's inherently divisive, as demonstrated by "The
Semantic Web" meme and the negative role of RDF/XML. (02)
This passive-aggressive issue leads to cognitively dissonant debates
that generate comments such as: you are talking about "semantic web" and
I am talking about "The Semantic Web" etc.. (03)
> If they called OWL "A Web Ontology Language",
> I'd be happy. But note the comments below. (04)
Yes, for sure!
>> The very idea of schemas for JSON is anathema to many JSON users,
>> so don't expect much support from the community for this.
> I agree that unrestricted JSON is a meaningless notation. It's worse
> than unrestricted natural language, because it provides the *illusion*
> of being precise.
>> The XML schema description language (XSD) certainly has many
>> shortcomings, but there are other options, especially Relax NG,
>> NVDL and Schematron (http://dsdl.org/), all supported by tools
>> like oXygen (http://oxygenxml.com)
> The growth of multiple specification languages is fine -- provided
> that there is a systematic way to relate their semantics to one
> There will never be "One ring to rule them all." But we can have
> better methods for relating them and supporting interoperability.
Yes! And therein lies a contradiction not recognized by some that
espouse Semantic Web openness and de-centralization while being utterly
intolerant of alternative world views -- in regards to how logic,
structured data, and relation semantics get woven into the World Wide
Web or any other HTTP based network, for that matter. (06)
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