Re: [Internet World] Intro to the Resource Description Framework

Dan Brickley (
Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:10:58 +0100 (BST)

Quite. Neither subsumes the other - they're complementary.

It's possible to use XML without RDF, or RDF without XML
(and I know which I'd rather do ;-)

For example, you might define an API to RDF databases in OMG IDL
(or HTTP-NG interfaces...) then query RDF graphs across the network
without an angle-bracket in sight. If you were feeling painfully meta
you might want to use RDF to describe the API, but you'd probably be
tracked down and killed by the gratuitious recursion police...


On Thu, 13 Aug 1998, Mark Baker wrote:

> >I guess far fewer people will need to know RDF than will need to know
> >XML...
> I was thinking about this recently.
> RDF isn't restricted to XML resources. You can make statements about any
> addressable (with an URI) thing; HTML docs, GIFs, etc...
> Given that the jury's still out on how much XML content there'll ever be, I
> think it's safe to say that your statement above may well end up being
> wrong. We might also discover that the world is full of busy-bodies
> wanting to give us their 2 cents on every topic under the sun.
> MB
> --
> Mark Baker. CTO, Beduin Communications Corp
> Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

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