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Re: Test 0123 now incompatible with RDFa 1.1

From: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Mon, 03 May 2010 16:49:57 -0500
Message-ID: <4BDF4505.5050106@aptest.com>
To: Gregg Kellogg <gregg@kellogg-assoc.com>
CC: "public-rdfa-wg@w3.org" <public-rdfa-wg@w3.org>
We recognized this issue VERY EARLY in the RDFa deployment cycle, and we 
put a warning in the errata that the direction was going to be 
case-insensitivity  - mostly because lots of user agents seem to lose 
the case of attribute declarations when in HTML mode.  I think we are 
okay breaking backward compatibility on this because, to be honest, it 
should never have been this way in the first place.

However, if the group feels otherwise I think Gregg's suggested model is 

Gregg Kellogg wrote:
> Section 7.5 item 4 indicates that prefixes, whether from @prefix or 
> @xmlns, MUST be converted to lower case. However, XML namespace 
> prefixes are case-sensitive. Test 0123 checks to ensure that this case 
> sensitivity is retained in namespace mappings. I presume that this 
> test is obsoleted by RDFa 1.1, and it's okay to break these 
> dependencies (which were discouraged anyway).
> This creates a backwards-comability issue with RDFa 1.0, where 
> prefixes are case sensitive.
> I'd suggest the following:
>     * Prefixes established through either @prefix or @profile MUST be
>       mapped to lower case
>     * Prefixes established through @xmlns MUST remain case sensitive,
>       unless specifically indicated otherwise by the Host language.
>       Implementers SHOULD NOT use case-sensitive prefixes.
>     * CUIRE and QName processing MUST first attempt to find a
>       case-sensitive prefix mapping and fall-back to using lower-case
>       if a mixed-case mapping is not found, also as indicated by the
>       Host language.
> Or, we just decide to be incompatible on this issue and universally 
> require that all prefixes be case-insensitive.
> Gregg

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