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15. A World of Uses: Commercial Uses of RDF/XML > 15.6. What’s It All Mean?

What’s It All Mean?

In my opinion, Adobe’s use of RDF/XML demonstrates how RDF/XML will be integrated in other applications and uses in the future—quietly, behind the scenes. Unlike XML with its public exposure, huge fanfare, and claims of human and machine compatibility and interoperability, RDF was never meant to be anything more than a behind-the-scenes metadata model and an associated serialization format. RDF records statements so that they can be discovered mechanically — nothing more, nothing less. However, this simple act creates a great many uses of RDF/XML because of the careful analysis and precision that went into building the specification upon which RDF resides and which RDF/XML transcr....


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