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Re: ISSUE-1: Status of RDFa Profiles

From: Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 09:30:55 +0000
To: Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>
Cc: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, RDFa WG <public-rdfa-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1268386255.15904.54.camel@ophelia2.g5n.co.uk>
On Thu, 2010-03-11 at 15:39 -0800, Ben Adida wrote:
> I'm still worried about inheriting prefixes from @profile, so I'm not 
> sure we have consensus just yet. 

The other problem is that it introduces a conflict with full URIs in


	<div profile="http://example.com/vocab">
		<span property="foo:bar">foo bar</span>

If example.com is down, the parser has no way of determining whether
"foo" is a CURIE prefix defined by the profile, or a URI scheme.

Using safe CURIEs, in the case where "foo" was intended as a CURIE
prefix, there is a non-ambiguous form:

	<div profile="http://example.com/vocab">
		<span property="[foo:bar]">foo bar</span>

However, advising authors to use safe CURIEs whenever a prefix was
defined in a profile seems like it's going to cause confusion.

And, if "foo" really was intended as a URI scheme, there's no "safe URI"
syntax, so when the profile document is unavailable, it's impossible to
unambiguously know what was intended.

I think there are three ways out of this:

	1. We don't allow profiles to define prefixes;
	2. We abandon full URIs in CURIE attributes; or
	3. We define a safe URI syntax and insist that safe CURIEs
	   and safe URIs are used anywhere a profile is in scope.

I really don't like #3, and I'd rather drop profiles' ability to define
prefixes than drop full URIs.

Toby A Inkster
Received on Friday, 12 March 2010 09:31:37 UTC

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