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Fwd: Re: SIGIA-L: What is the future of XML?
From: John Fullerton (JFULLERT_at_lib-gw.tamu.edu)
Date: Sun Dec 09 2001 - 17:45:51 EST
Here is good XML information from a SIGIA-L member.
Have a nice day
John Paul Fullerton
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I'll tackle the XML part of your question.
There is a lot of future!
XML plays a key role at the implementation of the semantic web
http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/, it's going to take long before Tim Berners-Lee
dream becomes reality, but we sure will feel the difference soon.
XML makes the semantic web possible, it gives information well defined
meaning thanks to the Resource Description Framework (see below), and
defined meaning goes a long a way. The semantic web will enable intelligent
services such as information brokers, search agents, information filters.
Dieter Fensel, http://www.cs.vu.nl/~dieter/ a teacher at the Free University
in Amsterdam is researching the subject, his view on the semantic web is a
lot more pragmatic than Tim BL's, check his presentations page, there is a
lot of very useful information there. He also has a very good tutorial on
the subject http://www.cs.vu.nl/~dieter/ftp/slides/kcap.pdf
Then we have The Resource Description Framework (RDF) which integrates a
variety of applications from library catalogs and world-wide directories to
syndication and aggregation of news, software, and content to personal
collections of music, photos, and events using XML as an interchange syntax.
The RDF specifications provide a lightweight ontology system to support the
exchange of knowledge on the Web.
XML is a whole family of technologies: XML Protocol, XML Schema, XML Query,
XLink, XPointer, XML Base, DOM, XSL, XHTML, MathML, SMIL, SVG, XML Signature
and Canonicalization, check the XML page of the W3C to see what this all
mean: http://www.w3.org/XML/ But believe me: all this might become very
The W3C have also a good 10 points intro to the importance of XML
And last but not least, XML, inherits a lot of the attributes of SGML (XML
is a suset of SGML) like being platform independant. Moreover XML is a lot
simpler than SGML :)
And because XML is license-free you can even build your own software around
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