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[Bug 7670] Use of prefixes is too complicated for a Web technology

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Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com> changed:

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--- Comment #3 from Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>  2009-09-18 14:00:39 ---
The Internet is rife with examples of 'prefixing' mechanisms that seem to work
just fine.  RDFa is not the first example of this,  nor will it be the last. 
Moreover, RDFa+XHTML is already in wide use, including adoption by major
players (e.g., Yahoo!, Google).  Clearly those people think this solution is
not too complex.

Note also that the RDFa Task Force continues to discuss and define a mechanism
that would permit the definition of collections of prefix names and the
extension of the collection of 'reserved words' dynamically.  Such a mechanism
will make it even easier for people to use this technology, since they will
most likely be able to bring in common vocabularies via a sigle, simple
reference.  This extension, if it gets done, will be 100% backward compatible
with the existing deployed pages, so no risk there.

All in all, I think the prefixing that RDFa relies upon is an essential part of
the technology, and that the users of RDFa seem to have no trouble grokking
that part of it.

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