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Re: RDFa and Web Directions North 2009

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 10:44:09 +0100
Message-ID: <499540E9.20000@danbri.org>
To: Michael Bolger <michael@michaelbolger.net>
Cc: public-rdfa@w3.org, RDFa mailing list <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>

+cc: Sam Ruby, TimBL, DanC

On 13/2/09 10:27, Michael Bolger wrote:

> Friends of XHTML, are seeing a train wreck, the same "old" W3C
> "hero-worshiped" "leadership" does nothing of any substance to join the
> battle. HTML 5 has won by default.
>
> Who, Where? is the top representative from the W3C in the html5/xhtml5
> process.
>
> Marketing RDFa? Get someone to lead the effort in the html5/xhtml5
> battle before it is over.

This is not a battle.  Battles kill people. It is a dispute amongst 
technologists who have varying assumptions, backgrounds, collaboration 
networks and agendas, and who are slowly learning to see each other's 
perspective.

Please (and I am very serious here) stop using such bloody metaphors to 
describe what should be a civil and mutually respectful collaborative 
process. You will not improve anything if you foster this kind of 
perspective on our shared problems. Battle talk results in a battle 
mindset. I do not want to hear any RDFa advocates talking in such terms.

Really, enough with the battle stuff. Go find someone who works on HTML5 
and be nice to them, find common ground, try out their tools.

Thanks in advance,

Dan
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