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Re: Rethinking @src in the context of chaining rules

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2008 16:31:40 +0100
Message-ID: <4783975C.2080501@w3.org>
To: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Cc: Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>, RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

Mark Birbeck wrote:
> Hi Ben,
> I've stopped working on the syntax document for now, because no-one
> seems to know precisely what it is that they want here.

Don't use such argument. Please... :-)

>>> That's not true. The use-cases that I've outlined a few times now
>>> relate to consistency when moving items around, so that things that
>>> work in one context have the same behaviour in another. I don't
>>> believe that there are "high costs" to this, or that I am risking the
>>> simplicity of the spec -- quite the contrary.
>> There's no *need* to make things consistent with infinite moving around
>> of attributes if there's no good use case to justify it. So far, the
>> task force seems to think it makes things more difficult to describe and
>> implement, and "shuffling attributes around" is not a use case.
> Those who have expressed an opinion on this don't seem to be getting
> to the heart of the issue, as far as I can see.

Thank you.

> And further, what if the @resource values were actually @href's;
> changing them to @about's would then not be possible:
>   <div about="#ben" rel="foaf:knows">
>     <a href="#ivan">Ivan</a>
>     <a href="#manu">Manu</a>
>     <a href="#mark">Mark</a>
>   </div>

Mark, I *do* see your 'consistency' point (I may not *agree* with its 
absolute necessity here, but that is another issue). But this example 
shows the problem I have and that I was also referring to in


(Which, as an aside, *was* an answer to your example...).

The issue is: how can the user *avoid* the appearance of certain 
triples? Your model means that any <a> element with an @href may, with a 
high probability, generate triples and, at this moment, it is not really 
clear to me (eg, in your example) how I would avoid that easily.

_If_ your argument was only for @resource, I might be more positive 
about it (well, probably:-). However, because we want a symmetry between 
@resource and @href in this respect, this issue pushes me back.

In the model defended by Ben (and me:-) if the element <a> does not have 
any RDFa specific attribute, then the corresponding @href has no effect 
on the generated triples. And this is the way I would prefer...



Ivan Herman, W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead
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