[whatwg] RDFa

Kristof Zelechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Sat Aug 23 06:53:48 PDT 2008

Please note that Java does not make a good analogy here because Java code
cannot be created on the fly, much less preserved afterwards.
OTOH, C++ has namespace aliases that are equivalent to XML prefixes.  Do
they create significant difficulties in handling?  I do not think so, for
the same reason.

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[mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Henri Sivonen
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2008 3:38 PM
To: Ben Adida
Cc: Tab Atkins Jr.; Kristof Zelechovski; whatwg at whatwg.org; Dan Brickley;
Bonner, Matt; Ian Hickson
Subject: Re: [whatwg] RDFa

On Aug 22, 2008, at 22:53, Ben Adida wrote:

>> Use a unique name, e.g. include a domain name in the name, as in
>> "license.creativecommons.org" or "home.foaf.w3.org", or use a name  
>> you
>> know isn't used because it's an unusual name, e.g. "cc:license".
> That doesn't scale (unless you expect people to actually use GUIDs  
> with
> timestamps), and it's extremely web-unfriendly, since you can't look  
> up
> a concept to figure out what it might mean.

It seems to scale for the Java community, and looking stuff up works.  
(Yeah, Java has 'import' but it doesn't involved inventing prefixes  
when importing.)

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