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Re: New Draft of TAG Finding "The Self-Describing Web"

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 01:13:15 -0500
To: "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>
Cc: mark@coactus.com, www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF0B1A88FF.926F5922-ON852573FC.00220589-852573FC.00221740@lotus.com>

Thanks for the comments Mark (and to everyone else who's responded). We've 
scheduled a brief review at the F2F tomorrow.  I'll try and make sure that 
your comments are considered.


Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

"Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>
Sent by: mark@coactus.com
02/27/2008 12:22 AM
        To:     "noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com" <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
        cc:     www-tag@w3.org
        Subject:        Re: New Draft of TAG Finding "The Self-Describing 

That's a great start, Noah.  Some comments as I go through it ...

- I'd suggest not using "application/xml" in your example in sec 2 (or
in 4.4) because in practice it's used primarily in a non-descriptive
way, i.e. as a catch-all for all XML content with a (non-grounded)
presumption that the transfer semantics are indicated by the namespace
of the root element of the document, rather than by using a more
specific XML media type.  You may even want to mention this as an
example of how not to be self-descriptive, and include a reference to
the authoritative metadata finding.

- in section 4.1, it might be getting too detailed, but perhaps you
could mention the relative cost of deploying a new element from each
layer, justifying a best practice such as "if you can define your
extension as a new media type, prefer that over defining a new URI
scheme", etc..

- in 4.3, I'm with Dave on this, RDF shouldn't be considered
preferred.  At best it could be considered the self-descriptive
approach which is furthest along the standardization path.  Similarly,
for RDFa and GRDDL, I don't think either needs to called out except as
an example.

Mark Baker.  Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.         http://www.markbaker.ca
Coactus; Web-inspired integration strategies  http://www.coactus.com
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