[whatwg] Creative Commons Rights Expression Language

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Aug 27 20:17:25 PDT 2008

On Wed, 27 Aug 2008, Ben Adida wrote:
> Consider specifically the Craigslist example, where the user selects a 
> few of the apartments and says "map these."
> Clearly, and as the voice-over states, the site needs embedded metadata 
> that easily connects "what the user is pointing to" to the structured 
> data required for mapping.

Since Craigslist doesn't have structured data now, that seems like a 
verifiably false claim. :-)

In fact, Craigslist is a great example. Given how hostile Craigslist has 
been to people reusing their data, and how unstructured their page is now, 
what reason do we have to believe that they would ever make their data 
accessible using RDFa? (Or any other metadata system in fact.)

(I fully intend to reply to the rest of the e-mails sent on the topic of 
RDFa in due course, by the way; unfortunately it is not my top priority 
right now and so I can only spend so much time on it each day. You can 
track what feedback is outstanding on the topic here:


All those e-mails will get a reply from me in due course. Sorry for the 

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