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[Bug 7542] Remove Section 5. Microdata

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Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 21:41:31 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #1 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2009-09-18 21:41:30 ---
> The Microdata section was added in response to several use cases provided by
> various people[1]. Most, if not all, of the people were more interested in
> incorporating RDFa into HTML5.

This is inaccurate. Most of the use cases actually came from people who are not
particularly interested in RDFa. (In fact, it was nigh on impossible to get any
use cases from RDFa advocates  you yourself even said that RDFa advocates
_shouldn't_ give use cases!).

> None of the original use case submitters were every queried if this met their
> needs or interests

This is incorrect. The section was designed in consultation with a number of
the people who put forward use cases, including people from large companies
such as Yahoo! (though nobody from Google other than myself, who, as you noted,
isn't a fan of this entire problem space anyway [1]).

> In addition, the section contains references to external vocabularies, each of
> which is maintained by a separate organization, meaning that the mapping
> between the vocabulary in the Microdata section can, and probably will, become
> out of date with the external vocabulary.

I disagree with your reasoning (having vocabularies doesn't mean they can't be
updated), but in any case this issue has been raised as its own issue
separately, so I shall deal with it there.

[1] Other people from Google have become interested in Microdata since then,
and have offered the resources to perform a usability study to examine some
variants of the microdata syntax to see if we can improve it further.

I haven't removed the section, since the reasoning for removing it was based on

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