[uf-new] Namespace anti-pattern and hAudio TITLE (was: hAudio FN or Title)

Danny Ayers danny.ayers at gmail.com
Mon Feb 4 14:56:53 PST 2008

No, you're all wrong! :-)

Ok, you're all right too.

The way the uF antipattern looks to me is the intention of "ugly
URI-based XML namespaces and prefixes simply aren't necessary". Which,
in a lot of senses, is probably on the nail.

Manu's point seems reasonable, to the extent that parts of the markup
hierarchy (vcard etc) do in effect delimit a namespace, though I'm not
sure this applies to the hyphenated terms mentioned - I'd read those
as names which happen to have hyphens in them.

I would personally have no objection whether e.g. a song title was
marked up with "title" or "fn", as long as this was adequately
documented, and the definition easily discoverable.

Which leads me to something Martin mentioned - if HTML Meta Data
profiles are used, the whole question becomes a non-issue. By using a
profile URI and putting a description of the terms used in the profile
on the Web, it's possible for people (and machines) to easily discover
the intended meaning.

Forget namespaces. Think of a follow-your-nose chain of information to
the information the publisher or consumer might need to communicate.
After all, the string "title" only has a well-known meaning to a
minority of the global population. Why isn't it "titel" or "titulo"?



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