April 23, 2003
RDF: CSS syntax?

Micah Dubinko suggests using a CSS syntax for RDF:


@namespace dc url(http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/)

:root {
dc|description: "A discussion of the broader context and relevance of XML/RDF techniques.";
dc|creator: "Uche Ogbuji";

Note that the CSS3 :root selector is used to make a 'this here document' self-reference. To make assertions about other URIs, you could either use the url() function as a selector, or select an element that points off to some URI.

Some will argue that the last thing RDF needs is another syntax. Yet, none of the existing ones are workable within DTD-valid XHTML, it seems. Re-using CSS parsing technology seems like a good compromise. Maybe.

Sounds like a good idea to me. Metadata inherits in the same way styles do, so the cascading comes in handy. Maybe we should use this in Forrest.

Posted by jefft at April 23, 2003 01:20 PM
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