[whatwg] RDFa is to structured data, like canvas is to bitmap and SVG is to vector

Shelley Powers shelleyp at burningbird.net
Sat Jan 17 10:44:05 PST 2009

Dan Brickley wrote:
> On 17/1/09 19:27, Sam Ruby wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 11:55 AM, Shelley Powers
>> <shelleyp at burningbird.net>  wrote:
>>> The debate about RDFa highlights a disconnect in the decision making 
>>> related
>>> to HTML5.
>> Perhaps.  Or perhaps not.  I am far from an apologist for Hixie, (nor
>> for that matter and I a strong advocate for RDF), but I offer the
>> following question and observation.
>>> The purpose behind RDFa is to provide a way to embed complex 
>>> information
>>> into a web document, in such a way that a machine can extract this
>>> information and combine it with other data extracted from other web 
>>> pages.
>>> It is not a way to document private data, or data that is meant to 
>>> be used
>>> by some JavaScript-based application. The sole purpose of the data 
>>> is for
>>> external extraction and combination.
>> So, I take it that it isn't essential that RDFa information be
>> included in the DOM?  This is not rhetorical: I honestly don't know
>> the answer to this question.
> Good question. I for one expect RDFa to be accessible to Javascript.
> http://code.google.com/p/rdfquery/wiki/Introduction -> 
> http://rdfquery.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/demos/markup/markup.html is a 
> nice example of code that does something useful in this way.
> cheers,
> Dan

I agree, and appreciate Dan for pointing out a specific instance of use.

Apologies for not making the assertion explicit.

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