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Re: HTML5 Progress

From: Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 10:22:59 -0700
Message-ID: <4800EFF3.9090701@adida.net>
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
CC: Elias Torres <elias@torrez.us>, RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

Ivan Herman wrote:
> Ie, we may end up having to use data-typeof and data-about in future for 
> RDFa in HTML5?

It's good to see the HTML5 folks thinking about extensibility, but this 
approach is a bit silly. For now, it's data-, but what next? Surely 
accessibility- might make sense, and since the JavaScript libraries 
already have their own attributes, they might end up using jquery-, 
prototype-, etc.. Might we then see a claim that, because there's no 
colon, this actually isn't a namespacing mechanism? It's all starting to 
look very familiar....

If HTML5 is about formalizing existing uses, then they should allow 
extraneous attributes to validate, end of story. What they do about xml 
namespaces is debatable, but this introduction of data- is entirely 
artificial and backed by no existing web uses.

-Ben
Received on Saturday, 12 April 2008 17:23:47 UTC

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