[uf-discuss] changing abbr-design-pattern to title-design-pattern?

James Craig jcraig at apple.com
Mon Apr 30 18:20:56 PDT 2007

Jon Gibbins wrote:

> We can use rel on links, but could rel be used to permit something  
> like this on a span:
> <span class="dtstart" rel="datetime:YYYYMMDDTHHMMSSZ+HHMM">DD  
> Month</span>

Hi John, I'm glad you mentioned this. It's been discussed before and  
shot down given the reference, "namespaces considered harmful."


I consider that wiki entry to be an opinion piece. Note the comments  
such as:
   1. "Namespaces are actually a *huge* negative."
   2. "Namespaces encourage people to seclude themselves..."
   3. "Microformats is leveraging the approach that is both working  
better and frankly dominating in practice on the Web."

I would much prefer, namespaced class or rel values to the abuse of  
abbr[title], and I'd even prefer it to the title-design-pattern we're  
now proposing as a compromise, but this battle has been fought and  
lost before. If you want to mount another advance, my +1 will be  
right behind you, but my morale in the fight will not be very high.  
The target is very well-entrenched.


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