Alternate Linked Data Syntax

Following my intuition keeps leading me to fun coincidences. #

I’ve been following the work of Dorian Taylor, learning more about how he uses linked data. App::IBIS is interesting, but also how he’s using attributes on links on his website. #

Here’s an example: #

	rev="dct:references xhv:up"
	<span property="dct:title">
		URIs, Resources and Representations

I’ve implemented a markdown syntax so that I could assign arbitrary attributes on links. If I wanted to do something like this, that’s the way I’d have to go. If I only used rev="dct:references" it’s simpler but still ugly, and it doesn’t provide any context for someone using a web browser. #

Today on a Federated Wiki Zoom, there was a demo showing how Eric Dobbs labels the relations between pages using Graphviz DOT language. #

He uses a syntax that matches the words that start a line that link to other pages. Examples are “Includes,” “Consists of,” or “Enabled by.” I could see this used in conjunction with the work Dorian is doing. I could prefix a line “References,” and my blog engine would know to add rev="dct:references" to all the links on that line. #

Pulling from his Content Inventory I could prefix links with “Mentions,” “Introduces,” or “Evokes.” #

I’m excited about this idea. I think the next step is to decide my use case. What types of links do I want? Do I want to have matched inverses? So any page linked with “Evokes” would automatically have a backlink that is “Evoked by.” #

The link prefix context is way more relevant to what I’m doing because I want it to be useful to a human, not necessarily a scraper. #

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