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Re: ISSUE-76: If we fixed namespaces, does RDFa still have problems?

From: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:15:40 -0500
Message-ID: <7c2a12e20912140815v2fd697d3g89f009929295b30a@mail.gmail.com>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 8:29 PM, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:
> Why wouldn't you just use the custom data attributes to do this in HTML5?

Well, you couldn't use document.getItems(), I guess.  I'm not sure if
this would be an issue in practice, since I've never tried to use
Microdata (or anything else) for this kind of purpose.  It seems like
you may as well output JavaScript variable assignments directly into a
<script> if you only want them for in-page scripts.  All I can say is
that was one of the original use-cases cited -- maybe it wasn't
important.

On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 9:59 PM, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:
> As for unskilled web authors - unskilled web authors are going to make
> mistakes with Javascript, HTML, Microdata and RDFa alike. The real thing
> that will help them is support tools for generating proper RDFa and/or
> Microdata.

The proper place to address usability concerns is in the language
itself.  It needs to be as easy as possible for random web authors to
use.  Some authors might use support tools, but we should assume they
won't for human-readable formats, because certainly *some* won't.
There are many unskilled web authors who use simple text editors to
create pages, or who hack up server-side applications that output raw
HTML, and they need to be accommodated.
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