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[REBOL] Re: "The Semantic Web"

From: carl:rebol at: 11-Apr-2001 8:02

Hi Scott: Thanks for posting the reference. The "semantic web" is why I created REBOL. In 1996 that was the vision, and it still is today. I agree with you... 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. Thanks again, -Carl