Welcome to Internet Island
Paul Ford does a lovely job explaining standards to the masses on NPR’s All Things Considered. As a bonus, learn why some web developers drink in the afternoon. Well, that ones probably obvious to you people. (via Anil)
Actually this added a lot to my understanding of why we have both XML and RDF:
XML was going to add semantics to data so you could make smart searches, you could say, show me all the poems about red wheelbarrows, and boom, there you’d go. Except that didn’t quite work out, so a few years later they created RDF, which allows you to be much more specific about what you meant by poem, or red, or wheelbarrow.