[ogg-dev] The use for an XML based metadata format
Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves
justivo at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 21:59:03 PDT 2007
I've been trying to follow the situation here, because that's one of
the things I try to do in Xiph: know what's happening. There's a
total of 70 messages related with recent metadata discussions.
Here's what I have understood so far:
* Daniel is still not trying to read and understand the _other_
metadata proposals; he makes several non-true statements regarding
* Daniel wants to "stuff in" a new metadata format no matter the cost
to backwards-compatibility; he also intends it to completely
obliterate Vorbis Comment. All of this is highly ambitious,
especially for someone with no actual knowledge in the field.
* There's interest again in metadata in Ogg. This be a good thing.
* Skeleton still seems to me to be the more advanced and logical step
for metadata in Ogg.
Here's my take on the issue:
Metadata is highly overrated outside the Semantic Web. As far as I
see, that's why nobody actually cared to support anything but Vorbis
Comments, ID3 hacks (in MP3), and APE tags (in whatever proprietary
format that uses that). I believe Matroska has no metadata support
either, but I may be wrong. So, if it's for the Semantic Web, using
W3C-based proposals are likely the best solution. After all, they are
the ones behind the whole thing to begin with. RDF is probably too
complicated for Ogg, though.
I guess in the end I can't offer any decent help or advice right now,
but I felt like writing this anyway. How does that American saying
goes? "It felt like a good idea at the time".
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