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[Bug 20082] New: Change Microdata specification track to W3C Note

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Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:35:01 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=20082

            Bug ID: 20082
           Summary: Change Microdata specification track to W3C Note
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: blocker
          Priority: P2
         Component: CR HTML Microdata (editor: Ian Hickson)
          Assignee: ian@hixie.ch
          Reporter: msporny@digitalbazaar.com
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org

There is more confusion today about picking Microdata or RDFa because they
accomplish the same thing in effectively the same way.

It is typically a bad idea to have two formats published by the same
organization that do the same thing. It leads to Web developer confusion
surrounding which format to use. One of the goals of Web standards is to
reduce, or preferably eliminate, the confusion surrounding the correct
technology decision to make. 

If we step back and look at the technical arguments, there is no compelling
reason that Microdata should be a W3C Recommendation. There is no compelling
reason to have two specifications that do the same thing in almost exactly the
same way. Therefore, as a member of the HTML Working Group (not as a chair or
editor of RDFa) I object to the publication of Microdata as a Candidate
Recommendation.

The details and argumentation that led to this objection can be found in the
HTML WG mailing list archive:

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2012Nov/0177.html

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