Almost 70 years ago, on a Sunday, October 30, 1938, we could hear on a radio:
Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News. At twenty minutes before eight, central time, Professor Farrell of the Mount Jennings Observatory, Chicago, Illinois, reports observing several explosions of incandescent gas, occurring at regular intervals on the planet Mars.
Recently on Monday, June 23, 2008, we could read on a radio site
hCalendar will be gone from /programmes by the next deploy (probably this Thursday).
In the meantime we’ll be looking at the possible use of RDFa (a slightly bigger S semantic web technology similar to microformats but without some of the more unexpected side-effects).
microformats, RDFa and HTML 5
I would like to focus on two blog posts which I like in this flood of comments. There are many more interesting.
Ed Dumbill says in The BBC, microformats, RDFa and Resig:
I for one would love to see what Resig would do with semantic markup. jQuery really encourages and enables good markup practices, so there’s a lot of synergy with his current style.
Not only jQuery, I met once, John Resig in Tokyo. He was giving a talk about new features of the future Ecmascript. It was complex, not necessary easy to understand, but he made it in a way that was enlightning. We could see he had pleasure talking about it. That was refreshing. I decided to put it on the side of good speakers who are worth to go see again.
The other blog post is in French and comment also about the affair. Damien Bonvillain is giving his take on RDFa and its simplicity:
In fact, RDFa defines only 5 new attributes (about, property, resource, datatype, typeof)
And HTML 5 in all that? Here again there is the story behind the story. The first version of RDFa was using a lot elements like
link in the
body of a page. But browsers because of invalid markup found on the Web have to recover pages and put back the
link and the
meta in the
head of the document. RDFa community listened and learned. They modified their model to make a step toward HTML 5, to create an environment that will create less interoperability issues. They made a step in the right direction to be able to work together.
Next week, I will show why it is important and how that can work even if not perfectly. But remember, it is because there are people like John Resig, who creates, that complex things become easy. The war of the worlds was a fiction.