[whatwg] Creative Commons Rights Expression Language

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 15:36:41 PDT 2008

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 5:22 PM, Bonner, Matt <matt.bonner at hp.com> wrote:

> Hola,
> I see that the Creative Commons has proposed additions to HTML
> to support licenses (ccREL):
> http://www.w3.org/Submission/2008/SUBM-ccREL-20080501/
> As an example, they offer:
> <div about="http://lessig.org/blog/"
> xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#">
>    This page, by
>    <a property="cc:attributionName" rel="cc:attributionURL"
>          href="http://lessig.org/">
>       Lawrence Lessig
>    </a>,
>    is licensed under a
>    <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/">
>      Creative Commons Attribution License
>    </a>.
> </div>
> Unless I missed something in the HTML5 spec, at the least this would add
> the "property" attribute to <a>.  Wouldn't ccREL be expressed better
> using <link> instead of <a>?
> Matt
> --
> Matt Bonner
> Hewlett-Packard Company

The whole thing would be best expressed as a microformat, as the entire
thing can be made just as machine- and human-readable without having to
introduce an entire new addition to html.  I think someone is a little
confused about the important of CC...

(Note: the someone is not you, Matt, but the drafters of this proposal.
Also, I love CC as much as the next guy, but there's absolutely no reason to
extend html to accomodate it, as everything they want to express can be done
in existing html and formatted as a microformat.)

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