RDFa 1.1 Achieves W3C Implementation Requirements in 48 Hours

Two days ago, RDFa 1.1 entered the Candidate Recommendation phase at the World Wide Web Consortium. The purpose of this phase is to announce that all technical work on RDFa 1.1 is complete, to establish a feature freeze on the technology, and to make a public call for software implementations of the specifications. The Candidate Recommendation period ends on April 30th 2012, giving the group 49 days to gather at least two independent, inter-operable software implementations of RDFa 1.1 processors.

In a mere 48 hours (not days, but hours!), the RDFa 1.1 group has been notified of two inter-operable software implementations of RDFa 1.1. This fulfills the Candidate Recommendation exit criteria for RDFa 1.1 set forth by the group, which will eventually be reviewed by the Director of the W3C. This means that advancement to the next phase and eventually to the official recommendation status at W3C is backed by two solid implementations. The Candidate Recommendation phase will continue to be open until April 30th. The group plans to gather more implementations in different languages and programming styles during that timeframe. There are already RDFa 1.1 implementations in the works for DOM-based Perl, SAX2-based C, and DOM-based Clojure (with possible Java and JavaScript libraries). The RDF Web Apps Working Group, chartered to complete the work on RDFa 1.1, will also take the remainder of the Candidate Recommendation phase to add even more test cases to the test suite.

While nothing in the standards world is certain, the RDFa 1.1 implementation phase has bolted from the gates and is off to an excellent start.

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