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Re: RDF Web Applications WG Position on RDFa/Microdata Task Force

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:28:13 +0200
To: "Manu Sporny" <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: "W3C TAG" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.vyh4pbx564w2qv@annevk-macbookpro.local>
On Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:38:46 +0200, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>  
> This does not appear to be a problem.  It seems much more problematic
> to adopt a "first-to-file" system of solving problems, where later
> attempts to solve a problem better are blocked by someone else having
> already attempted to address it.  This problem would be made somewhat
> worse by the fact that people within the W3C can fast-track their own
> solutions and produce a deliverable much faster than an outside party
> can.
> If the W3C does not wish to back multiple technologies, it should
> avoid pioneering in new spaces, and instead wait for the market to
> choose a winner before stepping in.  (I don't think this is a very
> good idea, mind you, but I believe it's the best solution if we insist
> on only supporting a single solution to a problem.)


This happened (though got resolved satisfactory) with forms, HTML media,  
WAI-ARIA attempting to use a hyphen rather than a colon, captioning, and  
most recently with events. There are probably a few cases I forgot. Each  
time a lot of time is wasted in debate and each time it is resolved that  
doing something new, albeit similar, is acceptable and the way forward.  
And I think in all those cases it was for the better.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:28:49 UTC

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