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

Sam Ruby rubys at intertwingly.net
Sun Jan 18 11:06:19 PST 2009

On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
> On Jan 18, 2009, at 01:32, Shelley Powers wrote:
>> Are you then saying that this will be a showstopper, and there will never
>> be either a workaround or compromise?
> Are the RDFa TF open to compromises that involve changing the XHTML side of
> RDFa not to use attribute whose qualified name has a colon in them to
> achieve DOM Consistency by changing RDFa instead of changing parsing?

Just so that we have all of the data available to make an informed
decision, do we have examples of how it would "break the web" if
attributes which started with the characters "xmlns:" (and *only*
those attribute) were placed into the DOM exactly as they would be
when those bytes are processed as XHTML?

Notes: I am *not* suggesting anything just yet, other than the
gathering of this data.  I also recognize that this would require a
parsing change by browser vendors, which also is a cost that needs to
be factored in.  But right now, I am interested in how it would affect
the web if this were done.

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> Henri Sivonen
> hsivonen at iki.fi
> http://hsivonen.iki.fi/

- Sam Ruby

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