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Re: Microformats vs RDFa

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 13:32:12 +0100
Message-ID: <45B9F4CC.4050805@w3.org>
To: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
CC: "Paul Walsh, Segala" <paulwalsh@segala.com>, Susie Stephens <susie.stephens@oracle.com>, Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetilk@opera.com>, public-sweo-ig@w3.org


Danny Ayers wrote:
> 
> 
> On 26/01/07, *Paul Walsh, Segala* <paulwalsh@segala.com
> <mailto:paulwalsh@segala.com>> wrote:
> 
>     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
>     [PW] couldn't have put it better myself. You'll see from Sam's blog
>     that it's plastered with Microformats. Why doesn't everyone on this
>     list vote RDFa <g>
> 
> Heh, I already did. Though truth be told I'm rather on the fence when it
> comes to RDFa because of the current ties to XHTML 2.0 (and QNames in
> attributes are ugly). 

Danny,

this is no longer true. Yes, it came out of the XHTML2 group, but the
current line and work in the RDFa group is clearly trying to adapt
itself not only to XHTML1 but also to tag-soup HTML. I hope that the
RDFa primer and use cases will be re-published in the coming weeks and
that would help in dissipating this false image. The current goal is to
express RDFa purely in terms of attributes, not introducing any change
in the basic HTML content model, and *not* being dependent on *any*
XHTML2 features.

The biggest mistake in this whole story is that RDFa did not publish
often enough to give a better image. I hope that this will improve in
the coming months

Ivan


>                         On the other hand, browsers & a lot of people
> already support microformats as HTML and they can express perfectly good
> RDF given GRDDL (and eRDF, if need be). But I've been assured by people
> who's opinion I trust that RDFa is a Good Thing, so I try not to quibble
> ;-)
> 
> Cheers,
> Danny.
> 
> -- 
> 
> http://dannyayers.com

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