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Re: Treatment of RDFa in TAG Finding on Self-describing Web and feed back on RDFa in XHTML1.1

From: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 13:12:56 +0200
To: "Dean Edridge" <dean@dean.org.nz>
Cc: noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com, www-tag@w3.org, "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>, "Ben Adida" <ben@mit.edu>, RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.uiln3u0csmjzpq@acer3010>

Hi Dean,

Since this was adressed to me personally, I'll reply, but this shouldn't  
be construed as a formal reply from the task force.

> I request that having a doctype for RDFa in XHTML1.1 documents become a  
> MUST (compulsory), and not optional.

Although I personally agree with you, my opinion was overruled in the  
discussions. Unfortunately, this is now too late in the process to make  
this change. You will have to make the request against a future version.

>> (Note that XHTML+RDFa is the first version of XHTML that doesn't  
>> require a DTD declaration to identify itself.
> I'm sorry, but that's not correct. The XHTML variant of the HTML5  
> specification, which has been around for four years now, can only be  
> sent with a XML mime type such as application/xhtml+xml or  
> application/xml), so therefore does not need to have a doctype (as the  
> mime type triggers standards mode) or a DTD (although there is an  
> optional one).

Well, HTML5 is only at WD stage at the moment.

Best wishes,

Steven Pemberton
Received on Monday, 6 October 2008 11:13:31 UTC

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