[whatwg] Ghosts from the past and the semantic Web

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Thu Aug 28 06:19:19 PDT 2008

James Graham wrote:
>> As Anne and Julian have pointed out, that's not a use of data-* 
>> attributes permitted by the spec.
> FWIW I think we have a problem in that multiple independent people have 
> seen data-* and assumed they are for externally readable metadata. If 

Right. That is a problem.

> the bad effects of people using it for that purpose are worse than the 
> usefulness of the feature, we need to consider removing the feature. If 
> the bad effects are not so bad we need to consider legitimizing this as 
> it is clearly something that it is clear will happen irrespective of 
> what the spec says.

I think it indicates that many people are looking for this feature.

Introducing something like RDFa (or something similar) would end that 

BR, Julian

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