Semantic or Meaningful Markup

Here are the three article/blogs that I found.

  1. Web 3.0 – The Semantic, Implicit, Mobile or Distributed Web?
  2. Adding Meaningful Content with Resource Description Framework (RDF)
  3.  Web Standards Checklist, or How to make a proper website
  4. On Web 3.0
  5. The road to Semantic Web


What does semantic or meaningful markup in designing for the web mean?  “The Semantic Web is an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which the semantics of information and services on the web is defined, making it possible for the web to understand and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content”, says Wikipedia. To me that means interpreting code so that we all understand it (meaningful).

The fact that I am still very new at scripting languages it is very important that I follow certain guidlines. Its not just because I can confuse others with it, but it is so that I can understand what I am doing. There has been several times I have just thrown code onto a screen until it worked and when I would go back to fix it I would be lost. It has taken several mistakes to realize that I HAVE to follow certain guidlines. I realize that I have to teach myself good habbits now, so that I dont struggle with it later down the road when I dont have a teacher there to correct my mistakes. If i have a problem in the future the browser will tell me that my code sucks by refusing to display it. Also it is nice to know that if I see something on a site that i think looks good, I can view the source and find the code. With semantic web it would be easier to share code, which will help me out tremendously.

The articles that I found are excellent, with a ton of information.  The one that helped me understand it the most was It was written by Jonas Bolinder. One of the reasons why is because he placed a lot of references on his page that directed me to others in the field talking about the same thing. Jonas also does en excellent job of explaining semantic web developing, and he backs it up with references. It is obvious that Web 3.0 is on designer’s minds right now, because it seems like every big name developer is talking about it.

Published in: on July 24, 2008 at 1:40 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. thanks fo rthe link to thats guys site. It was nice. I added him to my blog roll. His gots some intresting stuff going on there.

  2. Thought I’d drop some love on your blog Joe. I’ve been harping on RDF you can check out W3C schools stuff on it here:

    But the more I think about it well formed coding is an integral part of semantics. The more simple the better and faster it makes websites run and your less stressful for your coleagues.

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