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Re: the term "fragments"

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 10:54:26 +0200
Message-ID: <47F349C2.4020505@w3.org>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
CC: public-owl-wg@w3.org
I am, actually, in favour...

Maybe an additional data point: the term 'profile' has already been in 
use for other W3C specs, with very similar goals. Eg, there SVG (which 
is a really bulky, big recommendation) and there is SVG Mobile, which is 
defined as a profile[1], with the goal to reduce SVG in size and 
complexity to fit into a shoebox, ie, a mobile device. There is also an 
XHTML+SMIL Profile[2] (although it is a Note, not a Rec) that contains a 
reduced SMIL to work well with XHTML; a CSS Mobile Profile[3], a subset 
of CSS2.1...

Ie, there is a certain precedence for the term... and, as Sandro says, 
it is not exciting, but hey...


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/SVGMobile/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/XHTMLplusSMIL/
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/css-mobile/

Sandro Hawke wrote:
> In last weeks telecon we talked a little about the use of the term
> "Fragments" and the chair said we should continue off-line.
> I propose we stick with "profile", as per the QA Working Group [1]:
>      A profile is a subset of the technology that supports a particular
>      functional objective....
>      Profiles can be based on hardware considerations associated with
>      target product classes -- for example, SVG Tiny is aimed at mobile
>      phones -- or they may be driven by other functional requirements of
>      their target constituencies -- for example, a graphical profile
>      tailored for technical illustrations in aircraft maintenance
>      manuals.
> and Wikipedia [2]:
>      an agreed-upon subset and interpretation of a specification.
> Not exciting, and jargon (like "fragments" is), but hey...
>         -- Sandro
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/NOTE-spec-variability-20050831/#subdivision-profile
> [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profile


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