Re: Decentralised extensibility idea (ISSUE-41)

Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM, Julian Reschke <> wrote:
>> Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>>> The second isn't really distributed extensibility, because the
>>> browsers have to support each vocab manually.
>> I disagree that this isn't D.E. You seem to assume the D.E. implies some
>> kind of code-on-demand, which IMHO is not what most people think. Otherwise
>> XML namespaces wouldn't qualify either.
> I'm making a slightly subtler point.  Microdata, RDFa, and even XML
> Namespaces can all be processed with a generic processor that has no
> information about the actual vocabularies being used.  You can just
> say "Find me all the items/triples/namespaced elements on the page",
> and it can do it.  Thus the extensibility granted by these
> technologies is distributed, as no central authority has to recognize
> and bless your vocab for it to be processable by generic tools.
> ...


This is the well-known issue of @profile allowing to signal the presence 
of a specific extension, but being able to identify where exactly it is 
used; so it doesn't disambiguate.

I like @profile mainly for it being there already, but I do see it's of 
limited value.

> ...

Best regards, Julian

Received on Friday, 15 January 2010 17:30:26 UTC