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[Bug 7670] Use of prefixes is too complicated for a Web technology

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--- Comment #5 from Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>  2009-09-18 16:01:37 ---
(In reply to comment #4)
> (In reply to comment #3)
> > The Internet is rife with examples of 'prefixing' mechanisms that seem to work
> > just fine.
> Could you give examples, please?

Sure.  RDF/XML, N3, Office Open XML, URIs (IRIs etc), RSS, ATOM, Java,
JavaScript, PHP, Perl.  I respect that your request for expansion was a troll,
but seriously...  the use of "references" via defined identifiers is a basic
concept in computer science.  

If you are trying to argue that computer scientists don't author web pages... I
am sure a lot of web page authors are not computer scientists.  That doesn't
mean they are too stupid to grok the basic mathematical concept that "x" can
equal "something longer than x".  Give me a break.

> > Moreover, RDFa+XHTML is already in wide use, including adoption by major
> > players (e.g., Yahoo!, Google).  Clearly those people think this solution is
> > not too complex.
> According to
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf/2009Sep/0124.html
> and
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf/2009Sep/0126.html
> Google isn't implementing prefix-based indirection in their support of "RDFa".

While their implementation may have some bugs (as does mine), I am sure they
fully intend to support the required features of RDFa.  I suggest you take it
up with them if you are concerned.  Firefox doesn't correctly support all of
HTML 4.01 - does that invalidate it as an example of a web browser?  I don't
think so.

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