[whatwg] Creative Commons Rights Expression Language

Bonner, Matt matt.bonner at hp.com
Thu Aug 21 17:04:25 PDT 2008

>> On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 5:22 PM, Bonner, Matt 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/
>>  ...

>> Tab Atkins Jr. replied:
>> 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...

then Dan Brickley wrote:
> I encourage you to (re)-read
> http://www.w3.org/Submission/2008/SUBM-ccREL-20080501/ ... the spec
> explains that all of CC's concrete markup requirements are addressed
> by the HTML additions in the RDFa spec. It does not propose *any* new
> HTML markup to address CC's specific needs. 

(big snip)

> In other words, adding 'about', 'property', 'resource', 'datatype' and
> 'typeof' and a namespace-URI association convention to HTML5 ...

Just so I understand you, are you saying that attributes aren't markup?
Because first you say "no new markup", then you list 5 attributes to add.

Second, the Introduction cites RDFa, which footnote 4 describes as "an 
emerging collection of attributes and processing rules for extending 
XHTML to support RDF".  However, the Introduction text and example go
on to talk about HTML.  Independent of any other discussions, I think it
behooves the authors to clarify their intent. Is this for XHTML, HTML or 

Matt Bonner
Hewlett-Packard Company
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