Re: meta information

Daniel W. Connolly (
Thu, 02 Jun 1994 11:20:41 -0500

In message <>, Nick Arnett/Multimedia
Computing Corp. writes:
>Somewhere in the discussion that you copied, someone mentioned the idea
>that the information in META elements might map to a relational model. I
>hope it isn't that limited, is broad enough to include semantic models.
>The Web today more closely follows a semantic model anyway -- documents
>tend to be linked by meaning. Information in the META elements should be
>usable for applying relational and other potential models to Web

Yes: we need to be able to express more machine-readable semantic
information in documents, but NO, I don't think META is the
way to do it.

A semantic network represented by typed links is the mechanism
I see emerging. Using HyTime markup, we might write:

<ilink linkends="billgates microsoft" anchroles="officer corporation">
<urlloc id=billgates>public-figure:/Gates/William</urlloc>
<urlloc id=microsoft>corporation:/USA/Microsoft</urlloc>

<a linkend=billgates>Bill Gates</a>, chairman
of <a linkend=microsoft>Microsoft</a> announced today...