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Re: The harm that can come if the W3C supports publication of competing specs

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 11:14:40 +0100
Message-ID: <4B52E310.3050309@gmx.de>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
CC: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> On Jan 16, 2010, at 12:03 PM, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> 
>> I do think we should make it abundantly clear for ALL our FPWDs that they are NOT recommendations, NOT necessarily calls for implementation and NOT "standards".  This has been a major issue of confusion in the past with all sorts of half-baked W3C stuff, whether it competes with other W3C stuff or not.
> 
> I agree. The Chairs are working on updating the Working Group's home page. One thing I want to see is a list of all our active publications, and a clear indication of their status. Filed <http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=8770>. Anyone else should feel free to file bugs against our Web site.
> 
> Regards,
> Maciej
> 
> P.S. I'm letting this thread continue for now, since it affects a pending decision. But I'm asking everyone to be extra careful not to devolve into flaming, since this can be a touchy topic. Please, everyone, try to avoid undue repetition or anything that shades into personal attacks.

First of all, I'm glad that the discussion about using Metadata in 
Mediawiki is happening; that's a very interesting email thread to follow.

One thing that came up immediately is that a big factor for the 
complexity of the additional markup is the choice of the vocabulary. If 
you can use a vocabulary optimized for your use case then you won't have 
to mix terms from different ones. But this is true for both Microdata 
and RDFa, so it appears it would be good to consider these orthogonal 
issues.

That being said, and coming back to the main topic of *this* thread - 
here's a mail that may be relevant to the question how the HTML WG 
should treat Microdata:

<http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2010-January/046395.html>

Best regards, Julian
Received on Sunday, 17 January 2010 10:15:16 GMT

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