[whatwg] HTML4's profile="" attribute's absence in HTML5
julian.reschke at gmx.de
Wed May 7 07:27:24 PDT 2008
Ian Hickson wrote:
> Summary: profile="" doesn't work in practice so we have dropped it. We
> haven't replaced it with anything since there isn't really a problem to
> solve -- conflicts don't occur in practice, as Microformat names are
> picked to be rather unique and recognisable. The market takes care of
> problems like this without the need for namespace syntax.
1) Conflicts *do* occur, as soon as you consider extensions that happen
outside the microformats process (and that process seems to exclude
private extensions, such as for intranet applications).
2) As a matter of fact, <http://microformats.org/wiki/profile-uris> states
"In hcalendar-issues, it is ACCEPTED that each microformat should have a
profile URI, like the XFN profile (http://gmpg.org/xfn/11)."
So it seems you are in disagreement with the microformats community as well.
That being said; I agree that the profile attribute is not a good
solution, as it is of limited use only. Thus, instead of removing it we
should think about fixing it, or using something that works instead
(RDFa comes to mind).
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