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Comments on RDFa Primer

From: Thomas Baker <baker@sub.uni-goettingen.de>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 15:04:50 +0100
To: RDFa Task Force <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20090108140450.GA4852@octavius>

Some comments on RDFa from a Dublin Core mailing list.

Tom

On Mon, Jan 05, 2009 at 10:14:36AM +1100, David Bromage wrote:
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> From:         David Bromage <david.bromage@NAA.GOV.AU>
> Subject: Re: DC metadata in docs as part of HTML
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> The RDFa primer is a good starting point but it entrenches the legacy
> namespace. It uses rel="license" in section 2.1 then goes on to use
> dc:title and dc:creator in 2.2. Since the purpose is to help machines
> understand the web, it would be more meaningful to use
> rel="dcterms:license".
> 
> W3C should be encouraged to use the range of more precise descriptions
> dcterms allows. 
> 
> Regards
> David
> 
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: General DCMI discussion list [mailto:DC-GENERAL@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On
> Behalf Of Liddy Nevile
> Sent: Sunday, 4 January 2009 9:06 AM
> To: DC-GENERAL@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
> Subject: DC metadata in docs as part of HTML
> 
> First - Happy and Safe New Year to everyone.
> 
> I am wondering how many people have been using RDF/A to put their
> metadata into the docs so that instead of just identifying something as
> a heading, for example, it can be identified as the title (or
> dc:title) and another bit of text as the author's name (dc:creator) and
> affiliation and a particular link as a reference to the source
> documents, etc?
> 
> This is so much smarter than trying to bung stuff into a meta tag, it
> seems to me - see http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml-rdfa-primer/
> 
> Problem, as I see it, is that this is a technique for those using XHTML
> and most people are using HTML, and it is not part of valid HTML. I am
> wondering if there is interest in this problem - if people want to use
> RDF/A, surely it should be included in the new versions of HTML? (HTML 5
> is being developed right now.)
> 
> I would like it a lot because it would also make it much easier for
> people to do really significant and helpful things about accessibility,
> tagging content for what it offers and helping people find alternatives
> to content components that they cannot use...
> 
> Liddy

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Tom Baker <tbaker@tbaker.de>
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