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Re: RDFa Last Call Comment: garbage collecting "useless" triples doesn't seem necessary and could hurt authors as they write RDFa

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 10:29:18 +0000
Message-ID: <a707f8300803200329j7ad94ea1xda720fd30c7d2bfa@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Ivan Herman" <ivan@w3.org>
Cc: "Ben Adida" <ben@adida.net>, RDFa <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>

Hi Ivan,

> I was guilty in raising this issue a long time ago:-( and, somehow, it
>  made it into the document after all.

I did not set out to solve the problem. It just so happened that when
addressing issues raised by other people to do with mistakes in the
recursive nature of the parsing rules, I was able to solve this.

>  I must say that my comment at this point is awfully non-technical and
>  very pragmatic:-( Yes, this created complications on the processing
>  rules and, for example, Mark & co. had to pay a heavy price for it as
>  editors:-).

As it happened it wasn't difficult at all. :) As I say, whilst fixing
some other problems, it transpired that all I had to do was to move
the completion of hanging triples so that it took place *after* the
recursion rather than before. Then all it took was the addition of  a
flag that indicated whether triples had been added or not in the
recursive part, and I was able to get rid of a load of extraneous

> But it is done. If we decide to roll back on that, this
>  means a non-editorial change on the document, ie, we will have to issue
>  a second last call and delay closure of RDFa. I am not sure what is
>  better for the community at this point...
>  I know. This is an awfully administrative and non-technical reaction,
>  but I had to raise this:-)

I totally agree with you. I don't think you're being "administrative
and non-technical", when the request seems to be for a substantive
change that doesn't actually change anything. :)



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