Meta Content Framework

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Meta Content Framework (MCF) is a specification of a content format for structuring metadata about web sites and other data.


MCF was developed by Ramanathan V. Guha at Apple Computer's Advanced Technology Group between 1995 and 1997. When the research project was discontinued, Guha left Apple for Netscape, where he adapted MCF to use XML[1] and created the first version of the Resource Description Framework (RDF).[2]

One application utilizing MCF was HotSauce, also developed by Guha while at Apple. It generated a 3D visualization of a web site's table of contents, based on MCF descriptions.


  1. ^ Guha, R V; Tim Bray (1997-06-06). Meta Content Framework Using XML. W3C. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  2. ^ Andreessen, Marc (1999-01-08). "Innovators of the Net: R.V. Guha and RDF". Netscape. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 

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