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Re: Use Visible Metadata was Re: Design Principles

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 17:55:08 -0500
To: "T.V Raman" <raman@google.com>
Cc: mjs@apple.com, murray@muzmo.com, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <1175208908.5321.662.camel@dirk>

On Wed, 2007-03-28 at 13:37 -0700, T.V Raman wrote:
> I like principle  "use visible metadata as opposed to invisible
> metadata".
> Please connect it back with the concrete example of microformats
> --- and possibly add an additional related principle:
> 
> Give authors something in return for encoding semantics.

Yes, I think there's a relevant principle is about motivations,
costs, and benefits. I often phrase it as

  Data that isn't consumed rots.

Stuff like <link> and <meta> has a place, but the fraud risk
is real.

> So: author gives you semantics, you give him some default styling
> in return; consequence -- authors who want the styling give you
> semantics.
> 
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