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Re: Style

From: Paolo Ciccarese <paolo.ciccarese@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 07:49:36 -0400
Message-ID: <CAFPX2kDD-hv3phSJX7XhvRWhLkARYgFDek+-afEKg80ya9p=cw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Randall Leeds <randall.leeds@gmail.com>
Cc: Robert Sanderson <azaroth42@gmail.com>, public-openannotation <public-openannotation@w3.org>
I believe this new approach is cleaner and more practical for reusing
Specific Resources without merging the presentation layer with the actual
resource. A big +1

IhasState has a tighter relationships with the resource. In fact the
hasState should be necessary to retrieve the correct representation of the
resource  so that the annotation can be placed correctly - while the style
was purely related to the presentation of the annotation. I am sure there
are cases where you can ignore hasState and still place the annotation but
I would not feel safe in saying that would be the norm. Therefore hasState
seems more belonging to  the Specific Resource.


On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM, Randall Leeds <randall.leeds@gmail.com>wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM, Robert Sanderson <azaroth42@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > [Moderator bouncing message, stripped of attachment which was to big for
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> >
> > Dear all,
> >
> > There was an offline discussion last week concerning the current use
> > of oa:hasStyle being attached to the Specific Resources which we
> > should continue online in the larger group.
> >
> > The concerns that were raised with the current model for style:
> >
> > * Specific Resource nodes cannot be re-used between annotations, as
> > someone might attach a Style to it in another annotation, thereby
> > changing all of the uses of the Specific Resource.  If the nodes
> > cannot be reused, then they're significantly less valuable
> > (essentially they may as well be blank nodes!)
> Which makes the inline target language terribly inaccurate! ;)
> http://www.openannotation.org/spec/core/#TargetInline
> I agree. We could do better.
> In particular, I've been re-thinking the importance of fragment
> identifiers as targets where they are well understood. If URIs with
> non-empty fragment identifiers could be used as targets, then some
> simple uses become very attractively minimal. One might assert the
> hasSource to facilitate query-ability, but the annotation could be
> quite few triples.
> > * The Specific Resources would then identify the section of the
> > representation, rather than a styled section of the representation.
> >
> > * Conceptually the style is for the Annotation.  It would be cleaner
> > if it were attached to the Annotation rather than the individual
> > Specific Resources.
> > * It would thus be somewhat easier to ignore for clients that don't
> > expect to process it.
> +1
> >
> > * The CssValueStyle class is a nasty hack -- it's not a valid CSS
> > file.  If we're just creating our own hack, we can do it in a
> > different way just as easily.
> >
> >
> > And after some discussion the proposed change was:
> >
> > Instead of attaching to the Specific Resource, oa:hasStyle would
> > attach to the Annotation.  The object of the relationship would be a
> > valid CSS file that describes all of the stylistic features for the
> > resources that are part of the annotation graph.
> > A diagram form is attached.
> I wonder if it makes sense to do the same with hasState, only it's
> less clear to me what a real, implemented example would look like than
> it is with the example hasStyle CSS.

Dr. Paolo Ciccarese
Biomedical Informatics Research & Development
Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Neuroscience at Mass General Hospital
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