Re: What are the problems with IDML?

Marc Salomon (marc@ckm.ucsf.edu)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 12:09:44 -0700


From: "Marc Salomon" <marc@ckm.ucsf.edu>
Message-Id: <9608161209.ZM11857@gaia.ckm.ucsf.edu>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 1996 12:09:44 -0700
In-Reply-To: "Scott E. Preece" <preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: What are the problems with IDML?
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Scott E. Preece <preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
|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.

The issue of classifying metadata for arbitrary objects is a problem already
solved by the library community and is orders of magnitude less complex than
specifying content models for arbitrary document forms.

There is work currently underway in the metadata community to standardize the
use of the <META> HTML element.  Stay tuned.

But <META> is only going to scale for the most lightweight metadata
applications, and for more complex collections, first-class metadata objects
will be the answer.

-marc

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