RE: follow up on the discussion in HTML5 about metadata access

On Thu, 2011-05-05 at 08:32 -0700, Leonard Rosenthol wrote:
> HTML is a markup language that can be (and is!) used in MANY DIFFERENT areas.  To limit it (and it's design/development) to the "Web" is short-sighted and will only lead to interoperability problems in the future.

It seems that my last paragraph hit a nerve. Let's ignore my third
paragraph for a moment.

Could you address the points in my first two paragraphs, please?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Henri Sivonen [] 
> Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2011 12:37 AM
> To: Leonard Rosenthol
> Cc: Silvia Pfeiffer;;;
> Subject: RE: follow up on the discussion in HTML5 about metadata access
> On Wed, 2011-05-04 at 16:52 -0700, Leonard Rosenthol wrote:
> > > Right now, all use cases discussed on the HTML WG list were solvable
> > > with server-side APIs.
> > >
> > That is NOT true, Silvia!
> > 
> > I raised a number of use cases for non-browser-based UAs - for example
> > EPUB viewers - where server-side was NOT an option.
> Why would an .epub book need to be able to introspect its own metadata
> using a script?
> As for viewers, if the viewer wants to do stuff with metadata, it can
> implement whatever interfaces it wants for its own private use. They
> don't have to be standardized or exposed to scripts provided by the book
> itself.
> (I tend to get skeptical when a Web API is motivated by non-Web uses.
> The W3C has been down that road before. Has it ever been a good road?)

Henri Sivonen

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