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Re: Microdata design philosophies

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 21:13:49 -0400
Message-ID: <4AD7C8CD.60802@intertwingly.net>
To: martin@weborganics.co.uk
CC: public-html@w3.org
Martin McEvoy wrote:
> but Microdata has gone out its way 
> it seems to ignore, the principle of  "not teaching your grandmother to 
> suck eggs" ie Ignoring everything that has gone before it

Clearly this is a contentious subject.... so it is important that 
everybody stay on topic.  Accordingly, I would like to ask a number of 
things of you:

1) Consider reducing the frequency of your posts.  Six posts in a two 
hour span is a bit much.  Give others a chance to participate.

2) Stick to the facts, minimizing editorializing (such as the quote 
above, and there are others).

3) At the moment, the topic is "microdata in the html5 spec, or as a 
separate spec".  If you really want to make a case for "no microdata, 
not even in a separate spec", make that clear (I'd suggest a new subject 
line).  But, I'll caution you that that will require a high bar: Neither 
RDFa being there first, or being better on some axes, will be 
sufficient.  There are plenty of examples of standards bodies 
standardizing multiple overlapping solutions to the same problem; there 
even are examples within the W3C.

- Sam Ruby
Received on Friday, 16 October 2009 01:14:20 GMT

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