Tim Bray has followed up on his RDF ugly syntax posting yesterday with some more thoughts and analysis of the responses he receieved. It's a debate that has to happen sooner or later. I think that most of us have been holding back until the latest suite of RDF specs have progressed to the recommendation stage. The current charter of the RDF WG states one of the deliverables as update the RDF Model and Syntax Specification (as one, two or more documents) clarifying the model and fixing issues with syntax. It's essential that the model is watertight before we can do anything major with the serialization syntax.