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Re: HTML 5 and Distributed Extensibility

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 15:01:47 -0500
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Cc: Asbjørn Ulsberg <list@asbjorn.ulsberg.no>, Peter Krantz <peter.krantz@gmail.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <1190836907.12486.229.camel@pav>

On Wed, 2007-09-26 at 22:38 +1000, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> >> Can it be solved with RDFa which is on the agenda for
> >> inclusion in HTML 5 or is there a need for both?
> No, RDFa doesn't actually solve anything.  It's an over-engineered, 
> ivory tower spec that was developed in the hope that some "killer app" 
> would eventually come along in the future to save it.  That's backwards! 
>   Solutions should be developed to solve real problems in existing 
> applications, not theoretical problems in hypothetical applications.

If you disagree, very well, but keep a respectful, civil tone.

And please don't jump to the conclusions; perhaps you're unaware
of use cases for RDFa, but that's hardly grounds to say
that there are none. The top google hit for "RDFa use case"
is a published W3C Technical Report:

Use Case #1 — Basic Structured Blogging
Use Case #2 — Publishing an Event - Overriding Some of the Rendered Data
Use Case #3 — Content Management Metadata
Use Case #4 — Self-Contained HTML Fragments
Use Case #5 — Web Clipboard
Use Case #6 — Semantic Wiki
Use Case #7 — Augmented Browsing for Scientists
Use Case #8 — Advanced Data Structures
Use Case #9 — Publishing a RDF Vocabulary
 -- http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml-rdfa-scenarios/

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Wednesday, 26 September 2007 20:02:11 UTC

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