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Re: New requirement - Simplifying Meta Data Profile

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 06:33:14 +0900
Message-ID: <45F86A1A.6090809@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: sajid saiyed <sajid.saiyed@gmail.com>
CC: public-html@w3.org
sajid saiyed schreef:
> Hi,
> In response to Dan's previous email, I would like to start this new 
> thread which is about new feature requirement (i think)
> If you look at the current Meta data profiles:
> <META name="author" content="John Doe">
> <META name="copyright" content="&copy; 1997 Acme Corp.">
> <META name="keywords" content="corporate,guidelines,cataloging">
> <META name="date" content="1994-11-06T08:49:37+00:00">
> I feel this can be simplified to make code writing more pleasurable:
> <META author="John Doe" copyright="&copy; 1997 Acme Corp." keywords="corporate,guidelines,cataloging" date="1994-11-06T08:49:37+00:00">
> Any thoughts on this?

The <meta> tag is currently extensible. Putting the property names in 
attributes would make it non-extensible, unless you would create some 
‘any attributes allowed’ rule, which is not really in line with current 
practice. Plus it puts limitations on the possible names, e.g. there 
would be problems with the : (which e.g. RDFa uses a lot).

Additionally, it doesn’t matter *that* much, character-wise (who are we 
in an HTML/XML world to complain about lost bandwidth anyway).

Also, just looking at your example, I actually think it looks much 
better if it’s a list of property items instead of a huge single line. 
If you’d ask me ‘name one of the keywords for this page’ or ‘in what 
year was this written’ the multi-line one would let me to answer that 
question faster.


Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san nan da!!
Laurens Holst, student, university of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Website: www.grauw.nl. Backbase employee; www.backbase.com.

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