[REBOL] Re: "The Semantic Web"
From: rgaither:triad:rr at: 11-Apr-2001 14:43
I have some strong opinions about XML and its potential
for representing "information" but your points about the
handling of "function" versus "data" are excellent.
>REBOL actually offers a better solution to this problem than XML.
>In REBOL the generation and the interpretation can be written
>within one portable language. So the sending side and the receiving
>side, as well as the message itself are all REBOL.
>The semantic problem is deeper than the XML guys realized.
>Tagging solves only half the battle. The association back to
>meaning is difficult, and the more you can give that association
>functional power, the better off you are.
>For instance, I can easily deal with the type and unit semantics:
> milk 2 cups
> chocolate 2 tsp.
>but when I do:
> mix until well distributed
> drink and enjoy
>it's more "function" than "data". REBOL handles this well.
>Don't get me wrong. I am not blasting XML. It is a heavyweight
>solution to the problem for folks who have the time and money
>to deal with it. But, for those of us on a tight budget and
>timeline, REBOL provides a more economical approach.
>Unfortunately, you don't want to enter this argument. It's
>better to conquer first, then explain why later.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: [rebol-bounce--rebol--com] [mailto:[rebol-bounce--rebol--com]]On Behalf Of
>> GS Jones
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 6:29 AM
>> To: [rebol-list--rebol--com]
>> Subject: [REBOL] "The Semantic Web"
>> Interesting read by Tim Berners-Lee ("father" of the Web), et al, in
>> Scientific American.
>> Has REBOL written all over it, in my opinion. This seems to be one aspect
>> of the vision presented by Carl Sassenrath, and REBOL would seem to be one
>> of the most capable languages that I've seen to do this sort of work.
>> --Scott Jones
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