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Somehow I seriously doubt it.

I cannot see Intel very obligingly tagging their chip specs with

<chip type='xyz' bus-speed='4GHz' performance='3.2 MIPS' />

so that Motorola can easily locate that information for comparison with their similar chip that has a 'effective performance' of '3.5 MIPS'.

Call me a semantic web skeptic, but I see three problems with it:

  • Companies and organisations (and individuals), will only tag what they want to tag.
  • Tags are as ambiguous as natural langauge.

    Unless you can program a computer to 'read' through all your web content and tag it, where is the ROI that will encourage companies to pay humans to do the job?

    The tag <BUG..../> could relate to computer programming, entomology, or a teenager angst site?

  • The spammers will start putting tags for everything in their pages advertising Via....

If some organisation, say CERN, were to propose some "standard" for semantic tagging, then it would inevitably be a design-by-commitee thing so complex and unituative that noone would use it.

The French would propose a "Toubon Laws" alternative ("économie et culture, même combat").

Microsoft would extend it to support Silverlight. Adobe would (incompatibly) extend it to support Flash.

The 'patent sponge' holding companies will start patenting every spelling (and misspelling, and aLt3Rn7iV3 aRraNGm3nt of letters) and sit back waiting for someone to use them as a tag.

The US government will start reserving certain words for "security purposes only".

The Chinese Government will start blocking any site that refers to Beijing as Peking.

The UK government? They'll wait to see what the rest of the world does. Then commission a PPI to develop a comprehensive solution which will go 10 years and £2 billion over budget before being quietly cancelled.

And then there will be the open source initative which will cobble together 17 SourceForge projects and wikipedia under a GNU 7 licence to ensure free access to information for all. Provided you run Linux or BSD, know how to use a compiler, don't mind spending your weekends compiling 17 disparate and incompatible packages, one of which will have a major release or unavoidable security patch every weekend of the year (except Thanksgiving weekend).

Meanwhile Google will solve the problem, and make 2 cents on every tag followed or located by anyone, anywhere on the planet.

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In reply to Re^5: Please remember that geeks have their own social mores. by BrowserUk
in thread Please remember that geeks have their own social mores. by dragonchild

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