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Re: XHTML2 and metainformation

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 11:28:09 -0400
To: Toby A Inkster <tobyink@goddamn.co.uk>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <3EA28449.11988.22CFCE8@localhost>

Toby A Inkster wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 19, 2003 at 04:53:38PM -0400, Ernest Cline wrote:
> | > <link rel="schema.DC" href="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" />
> | > <meta name="DC.date" content="2000-01-01" />
> | 
> | It still is a kludgy hack. Not as kludgy as I first thought, but still 
> | kludgy. Dublin Core assumes that <link rel="schema.*" /> can be used to 
> | assign a namespace to a metainformation schema. This however is not a 
> | normative part of the XHTML2 standard nor has it ever been a normative 
> | part of any (X)HTML standard issued by W3C. 
> Nor does (X)HTML make any attempt to define Spanish, but you can still 
> write Spanish documents in (X)HTML.

But (X)HTML does define a standard way of indicating that a document 
(or a piece of a document is in Spanish through the use of the 
(xml:)lang attribute. There currently is no standard way of indicating 
a piece of metainformation is part of a particular metainformation 

> My point is that there is nothing in (X)HTML to specifically disallow 
> the use of <link rel="schema.*" />.

And there is nothing in (X)HTML to endorse it either. As I've pointed 
out already, as a bare minimum I'd support making this a normative part 
of XHTML2, but I think there are better methods available than using 
<link rel="schema.*" />. The most I will say for it was that it was the 
best that could be achieved given the lack of such support as part of 
previous (X)HTML standards.
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