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Re: ISSUE-73 (Overlap of "predefined vocabularies" with other specifications), was: Concerns about new section "predefined vocabularies"

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 09:08:04 +0000 (UTC)
To: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0907160906220.12284@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 16 Jul 2009, James Graham wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> 
> > Do we want to drop support for dragging contact information from the 
> > Web to native apps just so that we can change which spec holds what? 
> > That seems weird. (We could split the sections out and have 
> > bidirectional normative references instead, but that seems to defeat 
> > the point of extracting the sections.)
> 
> That does seem unfortunate but it could also be solved (in a more 
> flexible way) by native apps getting support for the HTML5 microdata 
> format. Obviously this is less than ideal since it means that many 
> native apps would have to be updated compared with relatively few 
> browsers. However it may be good enough as a first step. I think it is 
> only a critical problem if DnD to native calendar/address book apps is 
> seen as the killer feature of microdata. Otherwise it seems reasonable 
> to leave this out initially (i.e. for HTML5) and add support for it if 
> it is needed (and implementors seem interested) later.

I don't know if it's a killer feature (and as I've mentioned before, I'm 
not really convinced the whole microdata/RDFa/microformats feature is 
compelling). But it was one of the most important use cases put forward.

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