The Semantic Web and Microformats – Tom Morris

This was a pretty deep discussion looking at how microformats were too limited – microformats get you 80% of the way there, but for real flexibility/extensibility, RDF is your protocol. The analogy was that Americans call trousers pants, but we know what they mean and they know what we mean. Microformats can’t do this.

eRDF (embeddable RDF) lets you put RDF in pages in a simple way, like you do with microformats, and Tom suggested that this was one way of moving the adoption of RDF forward, rather than 900 page specs.

Then there’s the W3C supported GRDDL – this let you write a XSLT to turn your webpage into RDF.

To encourage the semantic web, he thinks more people should use XHTML and produce more examples.

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