Monday, August 23, 2010

Normal people, normal spreadsheets and RDF

In a post about Gridworks Jeni says:

"Like a lot of spreadsheets created by normal people, who want to create something readable by human beings rather than computers, it has some extra lines at the top to explain what the spreadsheet contains..."

There is a terribly, terribly common pattern here and it has always surprised me that spreadsheet developers have never made row 1 and col 1 "special" for exactly this reason. I've lost count of the number of spreadsheets I've seen that have labels in row 1, labels in col 1 and data in the intersection cells.

Subject, predicate, object anyone:-) Where do all the triples go?.