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Re: RDFa Documents For Dreamweaver versions 8 -> CS4

From: Martin McEvoy <martin@weborganics.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 04:02:46 +0000
Message-ID: <49C07266.6050107@weborganics.co.uk>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
CC: RDFa Community <public-rdfa@w3.org>
Hello Manu

Manu Sporny wrote:
> Martin McEvoy wrote:
>> Martin McEvoy wrote:
>>> Please See:  http://rdfa.info/wiki/Publish#HTML.2BRDFa_Editors
>> Just thought you all might like to know the RDFa Documents DW Extension
>> has been approved by Adobe QA and is officially available for download from
>> http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&loc=en_us&extid=1759526
> Nicely done, Martin! Congrats on getting it through Adobe QA.

Thanks  :)

> Don't know if you've seen this yet:
> http://www.webteacher.ws/2009/03/10/an-rdfa-extension-for-dreamweaver/

I have read it Laura notified me via twitter as soon as it was 
published, I think what Laura was expecting from the extension was far 
beyond what the extension can actually do, I haven't responded to Laura 
yet because truthfully I don't know what to say to her apart from "I'm 
sorry the extension hasn't worked out for you",  that being said on the 
whole the extension has been well received. and I have taken Laura's  
issue's very seriously however and hope to resolve them (a little) in 
the next release.

I will answer Laura's main concern "where is that tag library", Its 
there, Its the HTML tag Library but with RDFa properties too, If you go 
to edit => Tag Libraries, HTML tags and expand one of the elements you 
can see all the "extra" RDFa attributes.

The Tag Library did at one point during testing also support Inserting a 
tag via the UI, Insert => Tag, but I chose for now not to include it 
because it wasn't really intuitive enough, it had a long list of boxes 
where a user still had to insert the RDFa by hand, so all you get at the 
moment is to insert RDFa a code level with a predictive text drop down 
list which I think is better because would-be RDFa authors *do* have to 
understand RDFa at code level first.

The next planned release will go a little further, I would like to 
include the RDFa Primer in the DW Reference library to help new authors 
get going with RDFa (If thats OK with those concerned) , and also  a 
dozen or more useful snippets of RDFa that an author can insert at will 
and just modify the example with their own information. Anyone is quite 
welcome to get Involved helping me compile some suitable snippets for 
the next release (I will give them due credit of course).

David Peterson did a nice write up about what you can actually do with 
the  RDFa Documents extension here : 

> The extension has generated some good feedback and made a number of
> Dreamweaver folks excited, which is a good thing. :)

Which is a very good thing indeed. :)


Martin McEvoy


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