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[Bug 20082] Change Microdata specification track to W3C Note

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Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> changed:

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--- Comment #6 from Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> ---
Tracker Title: Change publication track of Microdata to W3C Note

Tracker Text:

Ratifying two completely different specifications, RDFa and Microdata, that
accomplish the same thing in basically the same way is a failure of the
standardization process. The functionality of RDFa, which is already a
W3C Recommendation, overlaps Microdata by a large margin. RDFa Lite 1.1 was
developed as a plug-in replacement for Microdata. Since Microdata can be
interpreted as RDFa based on a simple search-and-replace of attributes that the
languages have effectively converged on syntax except for the attribute names.

The full version of RDFa can also do a number of things that Microdata cannot,
such as datatyping, associating more than one type per object, embed-ability in
languages other than HTML, ability to easily publish and mix vocabularies, etc.

The HTML WG should not publish a specification on the REC track that already
does the same thing in almost exactly the same way as another specification
published by the W3C on the REC track. Change the publication track of
Microdata to a W3C Note. This allows further development of the spec, use of
the spec in the marketplace, and the opportunity to make it a REC in the future
if the need arises.

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