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Re: Great? idea for improving this list (was Re: [ba-ohs-talk] Freezope learning environments)

<?urn:ba-ohs:keywords: email, metadata ?>    (01)

Eugene Eric Kim wrote:    (02)

> On Fri, 19 Apr 2002, Alex Shapiro wrote:
>>Why not make a list of metadata keywords that could optionally be prepended 
>>to the subject line of posts to this group.
> ... 
>>What do you guys think?
> I'm willing to give it a shot.  Who else is in?
> Doesn't have to be me writing the program to cull keywords, although I'll 
> definitely do it if enough people use them.    (03)

Honestly, I'd prefer it if we not do this. The subject lines of most
messages are already overburdened with overloaded metadata. Since this
could work just as well on content in body text, why not add something
a program could grep on, either at the beginning of the text or the
end? It's also got to be something that works in both plaintext and
HTML mail messages, and should have some type of namespace identifier:    (04)

    [beginning of email message]
    [email header]
    [first whitespace]
    <?urn:ba-ohs:keywords: keyword_1, short phrase_1, ...keyword_n ?>    (05)

using some sort of content delimiter such as "{...}", "{{...}}", etc.
I chose the XML PI notation because it's something easily parsed,
and something simple to type. Essentially, you'd grep for    (06)

   <?urn:ba-ohs:keywords:    (07)

and then parse up until "?>", using commas as delimiters within. The
opening and closing delimiters could be anything so long as the URN
was there, so it could likewise be something like:    (08)

   {urn:ba-ohs:keywords: keyword_1, short phrase_1, ...keyword_n }    (09)

This could eventually be embedded in the mail header when email
software gets smart about this, if it ever does.    (010)

The real question it seems to me here is to somehow regularize
the tokens used within a community so that people begin to use
the same ones to describe the same things. This starts to sound
like a job for topic maps!    (011)

Murray    (012)

Murray Altheim                  <http://kmi.open.ac.uk/people/murray/>
Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK7 6AA, UK    (013)

      In the evening
      The rice leaves in the garden
      Rustle in the autumn wind
      That blows through my reed hut.  -- Minamoto no Tsunenobu    (014)