RDF/XML Variation factor

Friday, August 13, 2004

I agree with James Tauber on most of his points about XML and RDF, but disagree that "the default serialization of RDF as XML should not be the principal way RDF is interchanged."

XML is a proven syntax for interoperability between machines and has an extensive list of tools. As such, it should be the machine-prefered way of expressing RDF.

His reasoning might stem from the variation factor present in the ways you can express RDF/XML. A canonical way of expressing RDF would probably go a long way in minimizing the differences (and flame wars) between RDF and XML.

Tauber's best practices for vocabulary/application development also reinforce the W3 stacks in a very positive way.