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Re: VisibleMetadata

From: Alexander Graf <a.graf@aetherworld.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 01:44:42 +0200
Message-Id: <5E17BCD1-0C3D-48AC-9582-8F902996F8D8@aetherworld.org>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
To: Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com>

On 28.03.2007, at 02:35, Murray Maloney wrote:
> The Design Principle:
> [[
> VisibleMetadata: Metadata is more effective when it is directly  
> tied to user-visible deta. Invisible metadata is often incorrect,  
> out of date, or intentionally deceptive. For example, <a> is more  
> trustworthy as a cross-reference than <link>. User-visible tags are  
> more trustworthy than <meta> kewords.
> ]]
> The first two statements are assertions that are true when they are  
> true and not when they are not.
> Thus, I do not agree with these statements as a premise for a  
> design principle.
> I cannot agree with the example at all. I have used <link> to great  
> effect and have depended on it.
> Also, <meta> has its place.
> That's not to say that I don't feel some sympathy for what you are  
> trying to say here,
> it's just that I can't agree with this design principle as written.
> What problem is this trying to solve? It seems as though this is an  
> attempt to codify
> some practice that is currently in vogue.

Visible metadata follow the DRY Principle (Wikipedia, as always, has  
more). The benefit is that you
don't have to edit data in two places at the same time. Trust has its  
part too. But read more on Wikipedia...

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