Re: What are the problems with IDML?

Scott E. Preece (preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 12:25:15 -0500


Date: Fri, 16 Aug 1996 12:25:15 -0500
Message-Id: <199608161725.MAA15132@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
From: "Scott E. Preece" <preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: marnellm@portia.portia.com
CC: marym@finesse.com, www-style@w3.org, www-html@w3.org
In-reply-to: Matthew James Marnell's message of Fri, 16 Aug 1996 12:40:22
Subject: Re: What are the problems with IDML?

| From: Matthew James Marnell <marnellm@portia.portia.com>
| 
| While:
| 
|     <meta name="product-name" content="Foo Widgets - Model #12354">
|     <meta name="product-cat" content="consumer-electronics/other">
|     <meta name="product-keywords" content="Foo Widgets - Model #12354">
|     <meta name="product-desc" content="The best darned widget for all your 
| needs!  New and Improved!">
|     <meta name="product-price" content="52.99">
|      [etc]
---

Maybe I'm missing something here, but I don't see how you would do this
for multiple products on the same page - there's nothing tying a
particular product-name to a particular product-cat, etc.  That seems
critical.

Also, I don't think that providing support for validating/enforcing the
contents of the information is a minor issue.  META seems to get you
into the same kind of documentary equivalent of spaghetti code that
we've been discussing about CLASS.  I'm not sure I'd like to encourage
people to use such uncontrollable mechanisms for important information.

scott

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