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Re: Draft Note for HTML WG

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:25:49 +0100
Cc: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>, HTML Data Task Force WG <public-html-data-tf@w3.org>
Message-Id: <56D7F403-0C36-4C10-850F-6BE20C5527F7@w3.org>
To: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>

On Nov 14, 2011, at 11:59 , Jeni Tennison wrote:

> Dan,
> On 14 Nov 2011, at 10:44, Dan Brickley wrote:
>> It certainly wouldn't hurt to have a more carefully documented use
>> case for multiple-types.
> I don't think there is a persuasive one for microdata, particularly as the pattern of use for microdata at the moment is to roll everything into the schema.org vocabulary. From what I can tell, Hixie doesn't even believe that the vocabularies in the WHATWG microdata spec will actually be published or consumed by anyone. (If he did then I'd hope that [1] was sufficient documentation of a use case.)

As an aside: if this is really the way it goes, what this means is that microdata becomes a syntax for encoding schema.org vocabularies. Which is fine with me, actually, after all, RDFa is there for other purposes. But that also means that the microdata->RDF mapping can become much simpler...


> If schema.org recommended extending the set of types that they support not through string concatenation but by publishers minting their own vocabularies, we might have a different picture. Of course, since microdata wouldn't be able to support that, we're kind of in a chicken-and-egg situation! :)
>> But perhaps it's better to to leave Microdata
>> as Microdata rather than try to mutate it into RDFa Lite, since we
>> already have one of those. Getting the RDF view of Microdata right
>> seems more important to me than making Microdata fully RDFish.
> Yes, that's my feeling too.
> Cheers,
> Jeni
> [1] http://www.jenitennison.com/blog/node/161
> -- 
> Jeni Tennison
> http://www.jenitennison.com

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