[whatwg] RDFa

Philipp Serafin phil127 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 9 05:26:52 PDT 2008

Please correct me if I'm wrong here, but it looks to me as if RDFa
uses namespaced identifiers nowhere outside attribute values right
now. So couldn't you just introduce a "rdf specific" namespacing
system for example like eRDF does[1]? This way, RDF parsers could
still look up metainformation about RDF properties while RDF-unaware
agents could parse the attribute values as simple text.

[1] http://research.talis.com/2005/erdf/wiki/Main/RdfInHtml#schemas

On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:

> Both introducing a namespace prefix processing model and introducing DOM
> inconsistencies at the XML/HTML boundary intentionally are simply not an
> option in WHATWG specs at this point. Experience borne out of mechanisms
> that have had these characteristics [1] has shown these problems to be
> simply unacceptable for a Web authoring-level specification. This is
> feedback I have received from browser vendors and authors a lot.
> ([1] e.g. XML namespaces, which has the former characteristic when used in
> XHTML1 documents processed as XML and the latter characteristic when used
> in XHTML documents processed as HTML4.)
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