Next big step for the Web — or a detour?

March 10, 2005 | Source: CNET

Advocates of the Semantic Web say it will give birth to vastly more powerful ways of gleaning information from the Internet.

The Semantic Web protocols aim to let computers distinguish different kinds of data. Applications could more automatically trade information, for example between an online address book and a cell phone. A Web site could automatically reconfigure itself on the fly based on the needs of a particular visitor. Search engines could narrow down results with greater precision.