[whatwg] RDFa Problem Statement (was: Creative Commons Rights Expression Language)

Karl Dubost karl at w3.org
Tue Aug 26 02:26:15 PDT 2008

Le 26 août 2008 à 16:04, Kristof Zelechovski a écrit :
> Web browsers are (hopefully) designed so that they run in every  
> culture.  If
> you define a custom vocabulary without considering its ability to  
> describe
> phenomena of other cultures and try to impose it worldwide, you do  
> more harm
> than good to the representatives of those cultures.

The Web could have been designed in a Web of a huge central database  
of hypertext links. When the Web has been created it was mostly what  
hypertext solutions were proposing.

Having the possibility to rely on domain name system to create URLs  
has been the major shift in conceiving a distributed hypertext system.  
People could create independently without coordination their own Web  
site, put it online. Then some people could link to these Web sites  
from their own pages if they happen to know it.

A lot of craps have been put out there, a lot of good Web sites, a lot  
of duplicates too. In the end, the network effects, the social aspects  
of connecting has given places of references, has stabilized for a  
time some Web sites. Some have disappeared. There are broken links  
everywhere, but the net effect is…  the Web.

not that bad, no?

RDFa (and RDF effort in general) proposes exactly the same thing.

Karl Dubost - W3C
Be Strict To Be Cool

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