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Bug 007: Vocabulary Control

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@miscoranda.com>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 23:51:30 +0100
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=Y28BeYY_V=zPp8V2mor+GoVyWHA@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-earl10-comments@w3.org

This is feedback on a Last Call Working Draft:

Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 Schema
W3C Working Draft 10 May 2011

There are no terms in the present RDF/XML schema clearly expressing
the persistence policy of the terms within the vocabulary. It is also
out of date in the information that it does have.

In other words, the schema is presently experimental. It is not even
yet into CR, meaning that people should be implementing it. Anybody
using the vocabulary at the moment ought to be made aware that they
are using an unstable experiment. There are vocabularies for
annotating schema with this sort of information, and they should be

The information that is present is as follows:

<owl:versionInfo xml:lang="en">Editor's Working Draft 10 June
— http://www.w3.org/ns/earl

Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 22:46:43 GMT
Content-Location: earl.rdf
Last-Modified: Mon, 09 May 2011 14:14:18 GMT
ETag: "34fc-4a2d8747fa280;4a2d8749e2700"
Content-Length: 13564
Expires: Wed, 11 May 2011 04:46:43 GMT
Content-Type: application/rdf+xml; qs=0.9

Obviously this is out of date.

I'm not sure what the cutting edge vocabularies are for expressing
vocabulary control. OWL silently but famously deprecated their
owl:deprecated property:


The FOAF specification:


Seems to use this:


Which is perhaps as good as any.

This is an important procedural bug and should be fixed with priority.
It's a bit like releasing a Working Draft accidentally using the W3C
Recommendation livery. People respect the w3.org/ns namespace, and
need to be informed when it isn't reliable.

Sean B. Palmer, http://inamidst.com/sbp/
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