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Re: Does anyone like microdata?

From: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 07:33:40 +0000
Message-ID: <20090626073340.2tizkcp54440ogwg@staff.opera.com>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>, public-html@w3.org
Quoting Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>:

>
> On Jun 25, 2009, at 1:32 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
>
>>
>> The text of HTML5 was all written by me, but I do disagree with several
>> parts of it. These include, but are not limited to:
>
> [...]
>
>>
>> - The inclusion of the microdata section
>
> Does anyone agree with the inclusion of the microdata section?

Yes, I do.

People clearly want to add additional custom metadata vocabularies to  
their pages; witness the existing usage of solutions coming from the  
microformats initiative. Compared to microformats I believe the HTML 5  
microdata offers more consistent parsing rules (a single parser can  
unambiguously parse all microdata, allowing features such as automatic  
conversion to RDF) and cleaner seperation from the rest of the markup  
language. Compared to RFDa, microdata offers a considerably simpler  
authoring experience which I believe to be critical to gaining  
traction with a large base of users. Thus, despite the fact that  
microdata has somewhat fewer features than RDFa I think it will be the  
catalyst for more, and more innovative, uses of embedded microdata  
than the more complex format.
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