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Re: Proposal: make http://schema.org/Offer more friendly for non-commercial usage

From: Dan Scott <dan@coffeecode.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:06:23 -0400
To: Thad Guidry <thadguidry@gmail.com>
Cc: Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>, "public-vocabs@w3.org" <public-vocabs@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20130912040622.GB25649@denials>
On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 04:19:20PM -0500, Thad Guidry wrote:
> +1 you have my positive response...

Thanks!
 
> I still would like to see the term "intangible" thrown into the Product
> definition however.
> 
> """
> Any offered product or service--(tangible or intangible) for example: a
> pair of shoes; a concert
> ticket; a rental car; a haircut; or an episode of a TV show streamed
> online.
> """

I understand with your sentiment, and tried a few variations on working 
"intangible" into the definition, but found that it complicated the 
sentence structure and weakened the primary focus on "product or 
service". I also worried that it would introduce potential confusion 
with http://schema.org/Intangible.

Therefore, I have updated 
http://www.w3.org/community/schemabibex/wiki/Broaden_Offer_usage by
adding a proposed new definition for http://schema.org/Product as 
follows:

"""
Any offered product or service. For example: a pair of shoes; a concert 
ticket; the rental of a car; a haircut; or an episode of a TV show 
streamed online.
"""

By making the definition a clear, short statement that leads with "Any", 
and following the definition with a list of examples that includes a 
majority of intangibles, I believe that the reader will understand that 
"any" really does include intangibles.

Dan

P.S. My obsessiveness with word-smithing stems from a prior life as a 
technical writer. My apologies for subjecting the list to said 
obsession...
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