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Re: RDF Web Applications WG Position on RDFa/Microdata Task Force

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:20:25 +0200
To: "W3C TAG" <www-tag@w3.org>, "Manu Sporny" <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Message-ID: <op.vyh4cbox64w2qv@annevk-macbookpro.local>
On Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:31:44 +0200, Manu Sporny  
<msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:
> CONCERN: Multiple specifications for the same task
> During the TAG discussion, Larry Masinter produced a question that is at
> the heart of the issue. "Does anyone want there to be more than one
> structured data syntax published by W3C that accomplishes the same task?"
> In hindsight, it was a mistake for the HTML WG to allow the publication
> of two specifications that accomplish effectively the same task (from
> the viewpoint of the public). It is natural that nobody wanted to block
> the work of others - but since that hard decision was not made, and
> since some very large companies are attempting to make that decision for
> their customers, it is creating a great deal of confusion in the
> marketplace.
> We recommend that the question that Larry asked is required to be
> answered by the Task Force.

You seem to assume a certain answer to the question here given that you  
expect the task force to change the status quo ('Consensus on "No  
Change"'). I do not think that makes sense. Was it a problem that both XML  
Schema and Relax NG existed? XForms and HTML Forms? XPath and Selectors?  
Sure enough in all these cases (and others like them) some people thought  
there was a problem, but in practice it turned out fine.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:21:32 UTC

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