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Re: CfC: Close ISSUE-55 profile by amicable resolution

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:11:36 -0500
Message-ID: <4B85DC58.80405@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
CC: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, www-archive@w3.org, "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
On 02/24/2010 11:35 AM, Dan Connolly wrote:
> "There has been talk here (DC-land) of
> moving towards more strongly recommending RDFa as a strategy for
> HTML-inline metadata. Currently XHTML is the only option there. If
> profile is taken away, that might force the migration to happen more
> hastily."
>  -- http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010Jan/0576.html
> If there's no community depending on head/@profile in HTML 5, maybe
> I'll just let this go.

Hi Dan,

Just wanted to clarify a couple of things in this discussion because I
don't want us to lose sight of the significant event that just occurred.
I think the situation is that there could be two, if not three metadata
communities that would love to see this @profile-everywhere proposal
succeed in HTML WG.

The @profile proposal that Julian, Tantek and I are proposing would
achieve several long-standing goals:

- Preserve @profile on <HEAD> in HTML5 (for GRDDL and Dublin Core
  legacy documents).
- Clarify the HTML4.01 definition of @profile with a number of errata
  that is already authored. (to ensure there is no mistake on how to
  use @profile in HTML5).
- Enable the use of @profile on all elements (which does have support
  in both the Microformats community /and/ the RDFa community).

Tantek outlined how this @profile proposal would lead to a more
follow-your-nose-ish version of Microformats, which is a very good
thing. The RDFa community has also discussed how this new mechanism
could replace (in a very good way) a number of mechanisms that are
currently being proposed for RDFa 1.1.

All this with very minimal effort, AFAICT. I've committed to editing the
HTML WG FPWD of the HTML5 Metadata Profiles spec. Are there concerns of
yours that extend past what I've said above?

-- manu

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny)
President/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: PaySwarming Goes Open Source
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