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Re: Request to publish HTML+RDFa (draft 3) as FPWD

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:30:48 +0300
Cc: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, RDFa mailing list <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>
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To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
On Sep 22, 2009, at 10:31, Julian Reschke wrote:

> The design principles also say "pave the cowpaths", yet HTML5  
> defines an entirely new syntax.


Another spec isn't a cowpath. Significant existing usage is. Microdata  
has no prior usage. However, HTML+RDFa has very little existing usage  
in the grand scheme of things. Moreover, to the extent syntax that  
looks like RDFa in text/html is used already, it is processed in a way  
that the draft doesn't describe:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf/2009Sep/0124.html

It seems to me that neither Microdata nor HTML+RDFa paves a cowpath.  
(Specifying Microformats with well-defined authoring conformance  
criteria and processing model would be paving the cowpath.)

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Henri Sivonen
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