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Re: HTML Data Guide draft

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:11:04 +0200
Message-ID: <CAJQvAueaQ8yoHR8-YvYoCewy44iGupvu0Tt=qjWU12m-z89DaA@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTML Data Task Force WG <public-html-data-tf@w3.org>
On Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 7:22 PM, Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com> wrote:
>  https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/htmldata/raw-file/default/html-data-guide/index.html
> Please take the time to read this as it is the main product of this Task Force, and raise any comments here.

 * Various places say "browser plug-ins". "Plug-ins" typically mean
NPAPI or ActiveX plug-ins. AFAICT, work in this space has happened in
browser *extensions* rather than plug-ins.

 * Was RDFa really originally designed for XHTML 1.1 instead of
XHTML2? I thought it was designed for XHTML2 and was backported to
XHTML 1.1. http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/2004/02/xhtml-rdf.html omits
namespace declarations in the host language but mentions XHTML2 in
passing as a rationale for a design decision.

 *  "All three syntaxes follow the same general data model." I think
that's an overstatement. The formats do differ in terms of how
entities can be composed into larger structures (graphs vs. trees).

 * "if your publishing guidelines require validity against an older
version of HTML" "If your publishing guidelines require validity
against XHTML" Those are terrible reasons to do something. While it
might be realistic to acknowledge that some organizations self-impose
nonsensical guidelines, I think this guide should avoid implying that
backward-looking self-imposed guidelines are a reasonable input into
format choice. (Instead, the format choice should be treated as an
input into the organization's guidelines.)

 * "Some older browsers may move" advice formulated like this tends to
live on as a cargo cult long after the browsers in question have faded
out of use. Please be specific about which browser versions do this so
that the piece of advice comes with data that readers can use to
determine if the issue is still relevant.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Monday, 19 December 2011 11:11:42 UTC

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