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Re: Updates to RDF Interfaces, RDF API, and RDFa API

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:08:41 +0200
Cc: RDFa WG <public-rdfa-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1C2CF3C9-D0FC-4A10-8E7E-87C3A9455EA9@w3.org>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Some comments,

Minor issue: the references to RDFa Core and XHTML+RDFa in RDFa API is still to the PR versions; the reference to the RDFa Primer is to the Working Draft.

More substantive issue: you have added, both in the abstract and the status section of these documents, the following issue:

Work on this document has been put on hold indefinitely due to lack of interest. While a significant amount of design work went into this document, at present, there are no known implementations of the specification. There are numerous design issues with this specification and it is not advised that developers implement this API unless they are fully familiar with the drawbacks present in the current design.

I think this is a bit too negative. Also, this is not an 'Issue' but, I believe, should be added as a 'Note'. I tried to come up with a less negative text:

Work on this document represents unfinished work of the RDF Web Application Working Group. The work could not be finished due to a lack of manpower, and, at the time of publishing this document, it is not known whether W3C will continue this work on Recommendation track in another Working Group. 

While a significant amount of design work went into this document, at present there are no known implementations of the specification. A number of design issues have not been completely resolved. Developers wishing to implement this API should be aware of incomplete nature of the specification. 

(The RDFa text is slightly different because there is an implementation.)

On Jun 21, 2012, at 04:58 , Manu Sporny wrote:

> The following specs have been prepared for publication as NOTEs:
> RDF Interfaces:
> http://www.w3.org/2010/02/rdfa/sources/rdf-interfaces/Overview-src.html
> http://www.w3.org/2010/02/rdfa/sources/rdf-api/Overview-src.html
> http://www.w3.org/2010/02/rdfa/sources/rdfa-api/Overview-src.html
> I reviewed each document for glaring errors, there were none that I
> could see, which is not surprising since we had already reviewed the
> documents pretty thoroughly when we did the FPWD. They're good to go as
> far as I can tell - others may want to take a look at make sure there is
> nothing else that needs to be said in the documents.
> Changes include:
> * Update to latest version of ReSpec (3.0.0)
> * Updates to the Status of the Document section to reflect NOTE status.
> * Added issue markers to the Abstract and Status of the Document
>  sections clearly noting that development has stopped due to lack of
>  interest and a warning to implement with caution.
> -- manu
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