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Re: HTML5 Progress

From: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 12:51:41 -0500
Message-ID: <4800F6AD.5000409@aptest.com>
To: Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>
CC: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, Elias Torres <elias@torrez.us>, RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

I have to agree.  Re-inventing the namespacing mechanism poorly seems 
like an ill conceived  notion.

Ben Adida wrote:
> 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

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