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TDL 3: partial draft specification available

By Dave Menendez
Sunday, February 1, 2004, at 10:06 PM

Summary: The first (incomplete) draft of TDL 3 is up, using a spiffy auto-generated format that I’m not entirely happy with.

I’ve put up a still-incomplete draft specification for TDL 3, my RDF vocabulary for describing threaded discussions. There haven’t been any major changes since November’s preview—I haven’t even chosen a namespace yet. (One obvious possibility is “http://www.eyrie.org/~zednenem/2002/web-threads/3#”, but that’s a bit long for my taste.)

As an experiment, I’m writing it in the RFC 2629 XML format and converting it to HTML with xml2rfc. This has some nice features, like automatically generating a table of contents and list of references, but the XML format it uses is awkward and the tranformation software produces ugly (yet valid) HTML. So it’s a mixed success.

I wish there were some templates for RDF vocabulary specifications. Or perhaps some transformation from an XHTML variant plus a schema to an XHTML document.