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Re: the "a" in "RDFa"?

From: Bob DuCharme <bob@snee.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 11:51:55 -0500 (EST)
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To: mark.birbeck@x-port.net
Cc: public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org

Makes sense to me. Thanks!

Bob

On Mon, January 29, 2007 9:17 am, Mark Birbeck wrote:
>
> Bjoern is exactly right. (At least on the naming...not about it being
> a silly endeavour. :)
>
> In its early days it was called RDF/XHTML, since it was devised as an
> XHTML serialisation of RDF. So yes, you are right that the idea was
> that RDF/x denoted a way of writing RDF. This was never really
> satisfactory, since the idea was always to allow the same technique to
> be used in other XML languages.
>
> Since one of the key components of technique was to be able to
> 'decorate' normal mark-up with meta data via attributes, then RDF/a
> soon became preferable, with the only reason for changing from RDF/a
> to RDFa being based on nothing more than Google searches, I'm afraid.
>
> All the best,
>
> Mark
>
>
> On 29/01/07, Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net> wrote:
>>
>> * Bob DuCharme wrote:
>> >Where did the name RDFa (or before it, RDF/a) come from? Take "RDF" and
>> >add an "a"--why? Does it mean "assertion"? Or does it represent the
>> HTML a
>> >element, which is a popular element in RDFa syntax for wrapping PCDATA
>> to
>> >make oy the object of an RDF triple? Or does it stand for a slightly
>> >altered fork of RDF the way you might add step 2a between step 2 and
>> step
>> >3?
>>
>> Well, RDF/XML is RDF encoded as XML, RDF/N3 is RDF encoded as Notation3,
>> and RDF/A is RDF sillily encoded as yet more [a]ttributes.
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