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

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Mon Apr 30 19:22:34 PDT 2007

On Apr 30, 2007, at 8:20 PM, James Craig 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."
> http://microformats.org/wiki/namespaces-considered-harmful
> I consider that wiki entry to be an opinion piece.

The use of namespaces is really irrelevant in this case, as 1) rel is  
only allowed on <a> and 2) dates aren't relationships.  Adding  
namespaces wouldn't solve either of those problems.  But on the topic  
of namespaces in general, the web already has semantic initiatives  
using namespaces, e.g. RDF.  Microformats are currently an  
alternative.  Adding namespaces to microformats would remove that  
alternative.  Even if you think namespaces are good, removing  
alternatives is a bad method of testing theories.


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