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[Bug 13469] Enable Web page authors to override text/IRI content

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Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:44:56 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

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

--- Comment #5 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2011-08-15 04:44:55 UTC ---
<data> is a proposal, see bug 13240.

> 1. Allow search engine companies to determine if the data from the text
> override on the page matches the text that was overridden, thus providing an
> additional tool to combat nasty SEO practices. Hidden data is bad, so at least
> allowing a spider to examine if the hidden data and the non-hidden data match
> up is a good thing. For example if the value "14" is the override and
> "fourteen" is the overridden text, then a spider can reason that a) the data
> matches the text and b) the text was shown on the page at some point so is less
> likely to be data spam.

This is false. If it was possible for spiders to do this kind of reasoning in
the first place, then spiders wouldn't need microdata. Indeed if tools were to
decide whether or not to trust the microdata in a page based on non-microdata
on the page, that tool would be in violation of the microdata processing rules.

> 2. It would allow debuggers, like the one built into Google Chrome, to
> highlight the sections of a page that particular pieces of data came from down
> to the exact span of text on the page.

The piece of data in the proposal would come from the attribute, not the
element's contents. It certainly would allow a development tool to highlight
the (possibly unrelated) contents of the element that happened to have the
attribute, but that's not especially more useful than highlighting a <meta>
element immediately before that same content, which is possible today.

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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: Use cases are still not compelling.

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