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Re: Responses to objections to the Microformats rel registry CP

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 12:17:44 +0200
Message-ID: <BANLkTikkVui5345NJKe1jZSK0uThK9wGhA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Edward O'Connor" <eoconnor@apple.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, tantek@cs.stanford.edu
Both yourself and Tantek have made the point that the bar to creating
a new rel value is low with the microformats-wiki-as-registry
approach, yet I note on the registry page [1] :
If you wish to develop a new rel value, please follow the microformats process.

The microformats process [2] is long (creating 9 pages, moving through
3 stages) and geared towards creating a whole new vocabulary, there
seems a whole lot of baggage here that doesn't seem appropriate for
the creation of individual terms.

Personally I still prefer the RFC 5988-based proposal, but in case the
microformats community is to become the registrar, I strongly suggest
that a dedicated process is created for rel terms, and the way they
are documented be restructured.

There is an unavoidable mismatch between the requirements for
microformats and the requirements for the rel registry. In principle
there are a vast number of conceptual relations that could potentially
apply between any two resources (and the door to these should be kept
open in the use of URIs for rel values). Most vocabularies defined for
Web semantics are compiled according to their domain. But here the
domain is wide open : "document" - and we are looking at terms that
may be used in a specific syntactic construct.

It's probably leading out of scope here, but whatever the decision on
registry, I hope some work is done to sensibly categorise a vocabulary
that includes terms such as "stylesheet" and "sweetheart".


[1] http://microformats.org/wiki/rel-registry
[2] http://microformats.org/wiki/process

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