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Sams Teach Yourself XML in 24 Hours, Third Edition by Michael Morrison

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Chapter 20. Using XML to Assist Search Engines

 

Google is to “the semantic web” as CompuServe was to “the web”.

 
 --Joshua Allen

If you don’t remember CompuServe, it was one of the earliest online communities and data service providers that offered discussion forums, news, and primitive versions of what we commonly associate with modern web portals such as Yahoo!. Although CompuServe certainly paled in comparison to the modern Web experience, it nonetheless provided a fairly interesting online community back before AOL or Yahoo! even existed. I should know—I was a CompuServe local for several years! The quote above is being a bit critical of Google by comparing its ability to perform semantic searches to CompuServe’s primitive online service. Although ...

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