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Re: Comments on RDFa Primer

From: Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2009 07:52:05 -0800
Message-ID: <49662125.8010101@adida.net>
To: Thomas Baker <baker@sub.uni-goettingen.de>
CC: RDFa Task Force <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the pointer. Not being a typical poster to the DC mailing
list, I'll offer my thoughts here, which you should feel free to forward.

RDFa does not entrench the legacy namespace. "license" is an agreed-upon
reserved word in XHTML, and we simply reuse the reserved words (e.g.
next, prev, etc...) . The RDFa vocab page at


defines that predicate.


Thomas Baker wrote:
> 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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>> Date:         Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:14:36 +1100
>> Sender:       General DCMI discussion list <DC-GENERAL@JISCMAIL.AC.UK>
>> From:         David Bromage <david.bromage@NAA.GOV.AU>
>> Subject: Re: DC metadata in docs as part of HTML
>> 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
>> David Bromage
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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
>> 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
Received on Thursday, 8 January 2009 15:52:42 UTC

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