Short Essay: Squeezing RDF into a Java Object Model

Paul Prescod paul at
Mon May 3 22:42:35 BST 1999

"Roger L. Costello" wrote:
> David,
> I see where you are going with this - develop an API for RDF.  Out of
> curiosity, why isn't the SAX API adequate?  After all, RDF is just XML.
> Let the application deal with it.  /Roger

RDF has its own data model *expressed in* XML. In the same way, XML has a
data model expressed in Unicode. One could ask: "Why do we need an XML API
when every programming language has a character reading API." But the XML
data model is not the Unicode data model.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

Diplomatic term: "We had a frank exchange of views."
Translation: Negotiations stopped just short of shouting and
(Brill's Content, Apr. 1999)

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