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Re: Approved TAG finding: Authoritative Metadata

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 21:59:39 -0400
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFFDD03389.870DC67B-ON852571C5.000A4EF2-852571C5.000AF4BC@lotus.com>

I hope it's clear that my note wasn't questionning anyone's motives or 
level of effort, least of all yours.  I also agree that to the extent 
there's going to be common practice, then it's worth documenting that 
common practice to get as much stable interoperation as possible.  That 
wasn't the point of this finding, but it sounds like that's what you're 
trying to do in HTML5.   I also think that the Web will be much better off 
if starting now, those who deploy resource, and particularly those who 
deploy new media types, new sorts of client side references (e.g. the next 
thing that plays the role of <img>) try to learn from the TAG finding and 
do things "right".  At least then, we'll be able to gradually start 
getting the benefits of server-side typing.   The drawback of appearing to 
deprecate Content-Type is that it misses the opportunity to send a strong 
admonition that, at least starting here, we're going to try and do things 
right.  I still like the finding, and I agree with Roy that even as things 
stand the TAG is doing it's job by setting out the Web architecture as at 
should be deployed.   I don't think that this is a case where the 
community has found a better way, if only the TAG would admit it.   Thanks 
for your nice and carefully reasoned note. 

Noah

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