[whatwg] Ghosts from the past and the semantic Web

Ben Adida ben at adida.net
Fri Aug 29 13:10:07 PDT 2008

Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> Is this approximately your intended message?  If so, then how do you
> square this with the plain-to-see usefulness and heavy adoption of CSS? 

CSS is great: it actually separates semantics and presentation.

> I also feel the comparison to CSS is quite exact - with CSS you have to
> first map your html to semantic categories, and then map those
> categories to presentional settings.  All crdf changes is that you're
> mapping the semantic categories to external metadata categories. 

The repetition of semantic-semantic is exactly why your proposal is not
nearly as useful as CSS.

If you're going to map your HTML to semantic categories in the first
place, why not make it the RDF property right away? There isn't nearly
the same separation of concerns in your proposal that CSS brought to the


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