Category Archives: RSS
RDF, a W3C standard which is supposed to be the foundation for semantic web, is not obtaining universal acceptance as HTML did. Frederick Giasson analyzed some of reasons in Wikipedia concepts to help managing Semantic Web described subjects. He thinks RDF “is so beautiful and powerful is also a huge problem and probably the bigger weakness of the semantic web.”To me, granularity is another issue. We already have XML. If we use RDF and XML to define the concepts in RSS and OPML, people will find XML is much simpler. RDF will give us some benefits but it’s not a big deal in these cases. Anyway, at this time, people need standard or agreement. RDF might be more useful if people want to exchange information dynamically.
From data structure point of view, it’s hard for people to grasp graph. Tree is a kind of ok. List is much easier.
Copy and past is the easiest way of “programming”. In many cases, you can specify you requirements and get the code. Then copy and past to your blog’s template. For example, MuseStorm allows you to create a RSS widget by just inputing RSS URL. See more on A Widget Storm is Coming.
While UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) is kind of dead, Feedburner is working quite well, if we consider RSS as light-weight web service API.
Question is how to get semantic? Certainly, standard such as HTTP, HTML, XML, RSS, OPML and RDF define semantic. However, not everything can be standardized. And it’s NOT necessary for everything to be standardized. Instead, we simply need agreement for most cases (Long Tail?) ! Agreement between two parties. Agreement among multiple parties. Surely, standard can be viewed as an agreement universally.
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