RDF, again

David Megginson david at megginson.com
Fri Dec 3 14:09:12 GMT 1999

Vane Lashua <vlashua at RSGsystems.com> writes:

> The difficulty with the definitions below, for instance, is that "name" is a
> collection of characters whose context is not clear without a reference.
> Namespaces, it seems to me, are absolutely necessary, but they tend to
> encourage diversity where convergence would be a more enlightened tendency.

Namespaces encourage innovation.  Innovation is the first stage in
development, and it needs to be followed by standardization where
demand warrants.

In ordinary language, Namespaces let people invent stuff, but it's our 
responsibility to look at what's being invented and standardize the
things that are being done over and over again.  It's a good idea to
let the market have a say first; if you skip the innovation stage and
try to standardize in advance, your standards will often miss the mark.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

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