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Re: Minutes for July 30th, 2009 RDFa Telecon

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 21:52:00 +0000 (UTC)
To: Martin McEvoy <martin@weborganics.co.uk>
Cc: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Philip Taylor <pjt47@cam.ac.uk>, RDFa Developers <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0908052149470.18950@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 5 Aug 2009, Martin McEvoy wrote:
> >
> > The purpose is to convey the semantics to *other* parties,
> I am a little dubious about what *other* parties means, does that mean 
> anything other than a web browser?

It means anything other than the author of the page and the scripts loaded 
by the page. It includes the Web browser -- that is, data-*="" attributes 
must never be interpreted in any fashion by the Web browser, by search 
engines, by other specs, and so on. It's explicitly intended as a dumping 
ground for scripts.

However, new specs can just invent their own attributes, e.g. 
prefix-cat="". HTML5 allows other specs to extend the language.

(Of course, I personally would strongly argue against any prefix 
mechanism. But that's another story.)

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