Mink Machine

The value of semantics

Bruce Lawson is one of my favorite technical speakers, and it was great to see him at @media conference in London. A few days ago he wrote HTML5 Semantics which gives a nice round-up of the state of semantics in November 2011. A great read even if you’re already fluent with semantics.

Bruce’s article is a fine counterweight to the article Our Pointless Pursuit Of Semantic Value by Divya Manian which raised some eyebrows a few weeks back. I think it was somewhat tongue in cheek (which she also admitted in one of the comments), but all opinions are welcome. Be sure to read the response by Jeremy Keith.

In fact, grab a big cup of coffee, read all three articles and make up your own mind.

I wrote quite pessimistic about semantics five years ago in Why Web 3.0 will fail and the demi-god Andy Budd was even more negative in Semantic coding seven years ago. I believe that semantics still have a very long way to go, but at least things are moving forward.

Comments

No comments yet.

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured stories

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."

Reliving history in Washington D.C.

"As I entered the heavily guarded Rotunda in the center, some of the most famous documents in the world laid before me."

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."