SW vs sw

November 28, 2006

The old WS vs ws debate is so last year. This post from Evan Prodromou is a well balanced comparison of RDFa (‘big’ Semantic Web) and microformats (‘small’ semantic web). It’s interesting to see how RDFa doesn’t require namespaced elements in XHTML documents, just attributes. So the only technical advantage to microformats (as far as I see it) is that they’re easier to author (they also work in HTML 4, but I’m disregarding that 😉 ).

It’ll be interesting to see which wins in the end, but I know which I’d rather write a harvester / reader for.

Incidentally, that blog post contains just about the best layman’s description of why namespaces are important that I’ve ever seen.

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