I don’t really like blogging about technical stuff because it’s, well, technical and hence boring and/or incomprehensible for a lot of people. But when somebody starts comparing the use of XML to the Garden of Eden and HTML to Man’s fall from grace by eating from the Tree of Knowledge, that’s just too good not to link to
Danny Ayers talks about using feed readers as a general-purpose browser, a user interface to the Semantic Web and presents a simple architecture for retrieving information from an RDF store, converting it to RSS using XSL which then makes it readable in feed readers.
This is exactly the kind of thing we had in mind when designing Awasu and you can do it right now, querying a data source that provides its information in XML, translating it into a feed using XSL and then reading it in Awasu. But this is just one instance of the more general case: using plugins, you can get information from any data source, in any format, and then read it in Awasu. RSS really is just a transport system for information.
I love the idea of calling Awasu a “browser for the Semantic Web”. I’ll have to figure out a way to incorporate that in the spiel somehow…