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I am developing a semantic wiki engine that builds on Creole syntax conventions to support documents and other material relevant to the needs of transactional law.

I am impressed by the work that the WikiCreole community has accomplished -- normalizing common markup across the many wiki engines is no small feat.

However it is time I think to push into a new territory that addresses the needs of wiki applications, wiki books, wiki documents, and other upcoming uses of the paradigm. In particular Creole 2.0 should include a standard markup providing:

  • fine-grained XHTML support
  • robust XSL support including pagesets
  • complete support for semantic annotations & queries
  • core semantic models of a wiki and its articles
  • interwiki support and namespace standardizations

One other topic, as I saw elsewhere in this wiki: Is Creole a Waste of Time, i.e., Why not use HTML? My answer is a resounding no!

  • Most humans loathe entering HTML, for very good reasons
  • HTML evolution is throttled by certain software houses(hard evidence: XHTML 2.0) whose interest is NOT users needs but rather preserving the commercial viability of their (complex/expensive) product suites which emit XHTML
  • To be successful, the "Semantic Web" absolutely must be an evolution of current technologies -- a direct plea for RDF/A atop XHTML -- rather than a revolution featuring wholly new technologies -- a direct slap at the gathering notion of RDF triples exchange.

I suspect there's enough technos in this group willing to help surface a blueprint that establishes wikis as the essential platform for delivery of web 3.0... if there is, actually and truly, any other alternative for web 3.0, then I'd sure like to hear about it.

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