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Re: Another way other than @profile, @vocab or @map

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:28:10 -0400
Message-ID: <4BA7C4CA.1030200@digitalbazaar.com>
To: RDFa WG <public-rdfa-wg@w3.org>
On 03/22/2010 02:32 PM, Mark Birbeck wrote:
> There are plenty of people in the RDFa community who have
> wanted to get us to the same point that Micorformats got to, in terms
> of ease of authoring.

...and some of those people have been trying to do so for a very long
time. :)

Some interesting historical quotes from the Microformats community about
RDFa:

"I put RDF/A in the bucket of interesting science projects doomed to
failure in the real world, and certainly not even worth the time to
discuss on this list."[1] -- Tantek Çelik, May 2006 (and we fixed almost
all authoring complaints noted concerning RDF/A as pitched in 2006)

"A W3C effort to embed RDF in HTML is not a matter of if but a matter of
when."[2] -- Evan Prodromou, May 2006 (this came to pass in October 2009)

"During WWW2006 I heard complaints from both uF and RDFa (future)
implementors wanting more of a joint effort or upgrade path from one to
the other."[3] -- Elias Torres, May 2006

...

and let's not forget the discussions that we had over two years ago in
the RDFa Task Force:

"The question now being considered within the microformats community is
whether to reuse the RDFa attributes but not put URIs in them. What
would we think about this?"[4] -- Manu Sporny, August 2008

We even went as far as proposing[5] something very close to what we're
talking about right now back in 2008 to the Microformats community:

"""
<div typeof="haudio">
   <span property="title">Start Wearing Purple</span> by
   <span property="contributor">Gogol Bordello</span>
   <span property="published" content="20020514">May 14th, 2002</span>
</div>
"""[6]

So to those that weren't aware of this history... we've been trying to
get something like RDFa Profiles/@token accomplished for a very long
time. Not only for the RDFa community, but for the Microformats and
Microdata communities, as well.

-- manu

[1]http://microformats.org/discuss/mail/microformats-discuss/2006-May/004144.html
[2]http://microformats.org/discuss/mail/microformats-discuss/2006-May/004221.html
[3]http://microformats.org/discuss/mail/microformats-discuss/2006-May/004222.html
[4]http://www.w3.org/2008/08/28-rdfa-minutes.html#item03
[5]http://microformats.org/discuss/mail/microformats-discuss/2008-August/012432.html
[6]http://microformats.org/discuss/mail/microformats-discuss/2008-August/012439.html

-- 
Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny)
President/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
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