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Re: [whatwg] Alternative method of declaring prefixes in RDFa (was Re: RDFa is to structured data, like canvas is to bitmap and SVG is to vector)

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 19:31:32 -0500
Message-ID: <49751B64.4040003@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Eduard Pascual <herenvardo@gmail.com>, RDFa mailing list <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

I have forwarded this to the RDFa developer mailing list, Eduard... just
so that it's noted in a record somewhere public.

Eduard Pascual wrote:
> Just some opinions:
> On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 12:18 AM, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:
>> Speaking as an RDFa Task Force member - we're currently looking at an
>> alternative prefix binding mechanism, so that this:
>> xmlns:foaf="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/"
>> could also be declared like this in non-XML family languages:
>> prefix="foaf=http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/"
> Could <meta name="prefix" content="foaf=http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/">
> do the job? I think adding a new @name value for meta would involve
> less work than adding an entire new attribute.

This was discussed as a possibility at one point, I don't quite remember
what the argument was against it. Perhaps somebody else on the list can

> In either case, may I suggest an alternative syntax, like
> "foaf:http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/"? That's a quite subjective opinion,
> but the "=" inside attribute values seem too wrong to me, and they
> quite ruin the readability.

We had been contemplating separators other than '=', ':' did come up in
the conversation as a possibility.

-- manu

Manu Sporny
President/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
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