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Re: Publishing a new draft (HTML5+RDFa)

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:02:54 +0200
Message-ID: <4A72F98E.1020903@gmx.de>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, RDFa mailing list <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>
Ian Hickson wrote:
> ...
> Prefixes are widely documented to be an antipattern in language design. 
> For example, see this e-mail:
>    http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-archive/2009Jul/0125.html
> ...where I give a quite detailed analysis of why prefixes are a feature of 
> poor language design.
> ...

Indirection by prefixes is simpler than having no indirection at all, 
that is true.

That being said, MANY people deal just fine with prefix-based 
indirection, and at least one indirection mechanisms we already have in 
HTML (class names -> CSS) is *far* more complicated.

BR, Julian
Received on Friday, 31 July 2009 20:12:22 UTC

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