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Subject: Re: [tm-pubsubj-comment] XTM vs. XFML and Facet Maps


What are faceted taxonomies?


At 11:18 02/09/16 +0100, Murray Altheim wrote:
>Maybe I've been asleep, but I apparently missed announcement of
>a markup language named XFML, "based on the topicmap standard."
>It does seem to blend some of the ideas of topic maps and some
>of the work going on in the Published Subject TC [hence I've
>posted this message to both groups, though not cross-posted].
>   eXchangable Faceted Metadata Language
>   http://xfml.org/
>   http://xfml.org/spec/
>Anyone have any experience with this? My first impression is that
>it's a bit dubious design, but I've not downloaded and played with
>the software or spent a lot of time investigating yet -- not clear
>why development of a new markup language was entirely necessary
>(perhaps merely subsetting the XTM syntax would have preserved
>some sense of how they relate), or that XFML is actually an
>improvement. My interest in it comes from the idea of "faceted
>taxonomies," which in itself is a valuable concept.
> From the XFML home page:
>   "Unlike Topicmaps, XFML is designed to be easy to code for,
>    and easy to understand. It trades power for ease, yet retains
>    some extremely powerful [sic].
>    Publishing XFML is conceptually similar to publishing RSS: you
>    get many of the same advantages: it is easy, and you get a lot
>    of incoming links and additional functionality possibilities
>    that would otherwise be extremely difficult to obtain."
>Is missing some core features (such as subject identity), yet
>still claims to preserve the ability to merge topics. I suppose
>that if it's legitimately a subset of XTM, then it's possible to
>write some sort of converter.
>Murray Altheim                  <http://kmi.open.ac.uk/people/murray/>
>Knowledge Media Institute
>The Open University, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK7 6AA, UK
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