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From: Gregg Kellogg <gregg@greggkellogg.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:08:46 -0700
Message-Id: <5DA87572-3D56-4778-8B40-4B84AB084117@greggkellogg.net>
To: "public-rdf-wg@w3.org WG" <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>, JSON-LD JSON <public-linked-json@w3.org>
(Retry, as my mailer seemed to have chosen a personal email address to send it out before. Sorry if it comes twice).

This proposal provides a means for embedding JSON-LD in HTML documents, =
much in the same way that Turtle can be embedded in HTML documents. This =
is important for certain constituencies who have shown problems in =
providing correct RDFa or microdata, but who are familiar with JSON. =
Embedding JSON-LD in HTML, along with a JSON-LD context, allows fairly =
straight-forward JSONto be used for specifying metadata within an HTML =

The use of the @data-context attribute below is not ideal, as @data-* =
attributes are intended for use by other specifications, but it seems =
inappropriate to either re-purpose some existing HTML (or HTML+RDFa) =
attribute, or to define a new attribute specifically for this narrow =

After section 6.8 in JSON-LD Syntax, add the following section:

Section 6.9 (new/non-normative) Embedding JSON-LD in HTML documents

HTML script tags can be used to embed blocks of data in documents. =
JSON-LD can be easily embedded in HTML this way.

<script type=3D"application/ld+json">
"@context": {
  "@vocab": "http://purl.org/vocab/frbr/core#",
  "@language": "en",
  "dc": "http://purl.org/dc/terms/",
"@id": "http://books.example.com/works/45U8QJGZSQKDH8N",
"@type": "Work",
"dc:creator": "Wil Wheaton",
"dc:title": "Just a Geek",
"realization": [{
  "@id": "http://books.example.com/products/9780596007683.BOOK",
  "@type": "Expression";
  "dc:type": "http://books.example.com/product-types/BOOK"
}, {
  "@id": "http://books.example.com/products/9780596802189.EBOOK"
  "dc:type": "http://books.example.com/product-types/EBOOK"

JSON-LD content should be placed in a script element with the @type =
attribute set to application/ld+json. For text/html, text inside of the =
script tags does not need to be escaped (issue: use CDATA for XHTML?). =
The character encoding of the embedded JSON-LD fragment will match the =
HTML documents encoding.

If a processor extracts the JSON-LD content into RDF, it should expand =
the JSON-LD fragment into an RDF dataset using the algorithm defined in =
[JSON-LD-Processing] section 10.6 "Convert to RDF Algorithm". If the =
HTML file contains multiple JSON-LD script tags, or other RDF statements =
are extracted, the result is the RDF merge of the datasets.

Other processors implementing this mechanism may choose to expand the =
JSON-LD and return the expanded JSON-LD output.

Section 6.9.1 Specifying Remote Context

In addition to the mechanism defined in section 6.9, if the =
@data-context attribute is present on the script element, its value is =
provided to the JSON-LD processor in a manner equivalent to the =
treatment of the HTTP Link Header with the =
http://www.w3.org/ns/json-ld#context link relation as specified in =
section 6.8, except that the inline specified JSON-LD need not have have =
embedded context information. For example:

<script type=3D"application/ld+json" data-context=3D"http://schema.org/">
Received on Saturday, 16 March 2013 21:09:15 UTC

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