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Re: RDFa with multiple CURIEs as property..

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 20:26:52 +0100
Message-ID: <490B5BFC.6010804@danbri.org>
To: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>
Cc: Svante Schubert <Svante.Schubert@sun.com>, public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org

Mark Birbeck wrote:
> Hi Svante,
>> No longer in need, Dan Brickley was so kind to show me the feature has
>> merit.
>> Since often rdf vocabularies overlap in scope, and instances might have
>> multiple audiences.
>> Therefore I will suggest the ODF TC to overtake the property.
> That's great.
> But I would reiterate that I believe you should adopt RDFa in its
> entirety, rather than looking for opportunities to fork the
> specification, leading to the possibility of confusing people.

May I suggest that 'fork' is needlessly emotive language here?

Creating and maintaining a full-featured human-friendly editor for all 
of RDFa is a non-trival undertaking. Many many tools will allow people 
to use some application, and will then expose some constrained chunks of 
data using RDFa. For example, a social network site that keeps all its 
info in some SQL database, or a desktop app that has its own on-disk 
representation (XML or whatever). If any of these folk publish through 
RDFa, this is a wonderful thing. And if OO/ODF do this, it's wonderful 
thing too. We should be happy, regardless of the on-disk or backend data 

However the hope here is that these office tools/specs can go further, 
and make more 'native storage' use of RDFa, ideally in its entirety. 
Whether that makes sense for the various stakeholders depends on a huge 
network of factors. It is perfectly reasonable to choose to use a subset 
of RDFa within some application context. The most important thing is 
that exposed instance data be as easily interpreted as possible; either 
via XHTML+RDFa or GRDDL/RDFa, for example.

You point out, and I agree, that subsets create difficulties for 
developers, documentation, and interop. I hope to see RDFa in its full 
form used in ODF and OpenOffice.org. But please if they choose 
otherwise, let's not sling words like 'fork' around so casually. We're 
amongst friends here, but little words like that carry a lot of baggage.



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