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Re: microdata use cases and Getting data out of poorly written Web pages

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 08:55:19 +0000 (UTC)
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0905110850350.7824@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 11 May 2009, Sam Ruby wrote:
> 
> It also appears that Ben's objection could be addressed by simply picking a
> name other than 'property' for that particular attribute.

Indeed. At the risk of starting a permathread, if anyone has any 
suggestions of a name that's better than "property", please do suggest it. 
So far, the only suggestion has been "key", which isn't really better than 
property="". I think it would do more harm to HTML to have a bad attribute 
name here than it would to RDFa for the attribute to be the same (there is 
actually no conflict as the spec is written now, it's only if RDFa starts 
extending into new fields, e.g. prefix-less identifiers, that there would 
actually be a serious problem).


> All other features in HTML5 have varying degrees of implementation and 
> deployment experience.  At the moment, Ian's proposal appears to be 
> speculative - as in "seems like it would work".  I would hope to see a 
> similar level of deployment effort for this proposal before we make a 
> final determination as to whether or not it makes the cut for Last Call.

On this front, and much to my surprise, James and Philip have already 
independently written sample demo implementations:

   http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2009-May/019682.html
   http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2009-May/019686.html

Not bad for a proposal that's less than 24 hours old!

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