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ontology try and try again [was: Re: Viral fragment identity ecosystem]

From: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 16:05:54 -0400
Message-Id: <p06110408bf688cf6b886@[]>
To: steve@xulux.com, www-html@w3.org

At 3:48 AM +0000 10/3/05, Steven Ellis wrote:
>I think that document fragments, whether they be structurally or 
>conceptually coherent, need to be permitted formal expression in 
>XHTML. The simplest illustration of this may be xhtml microformats.
>Bracing microformats (and other fragments) using globally unique 
>identifiers would permit machine isolation and analysis, cross 
>referencing, consensus, scriptability, coalescence, and the 
>association of folksonomies with high resolution.
>Please consider an attribute capable of accepting an arbitrary 
>'unique concept / null concept' identifier.
><div identity="3C05DC85-DC34-4546-9210-02EC43188367" id="MyCard" 
>In this case 3C05DC85-DC34-4546-9210-02EC43188367 may achieve 
>consensus as an hCard microformat reference.  Can you speculate how 
>this will scale? I thought it good enough to share.

You are right that @class has been coopted for something less than it
was designed to be.

The HTML WG is taking a second run at ontology with @role. Now at
least we have QNames where there is a presumption that any value you
give to @role has a public explanation somewhere, as opposed to the
private-code @class tokens.

Please consider @role as contemplated to be used in the

   Dynamic Accessible Web Content Roadmap

...as a contemporary effort to deploy a modicum of heredity and
similarity grouping of application fragments.  But intentional
and consensual, after the manner of Dublin Core, and not viral
like the lexicon of English.  [I think there's a place for each.]

Let us know <mailto:wai-xtech@w3.org> what you think.


PS: again, as you have said, the markup-language textual fragment
that your parser can excise is related to a reusable pattern by
a generic/specific arm's length.  For more on how 'identity' varies according
to your varying concept of integrity or consistency-across-representations,
there is some history (ego acknowledged) to be dredged via

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