RDF work and backwards compat
axel at pike.org
Thu, 24 Nov 2005 11:40:41 +0100
Benjamin Smedberg wrote:
> Axel Hecht wrote:
>> I have been doing some thinking about the progress of the RDF engine,
>> and backwards compat is becoming a blocker on the road.
> There is another option, which is to drop RDF from "the platform"
> altogether. Tbird (and suite) could keep shipping the current code in
> mozilla/rdf because they're so tied up in it. With the bookmarks and
> history rewrites, and the XUL templating engine to support XML and
> data-driven templates, Firefox and the platform don't really need RDF
> for anything useful. I think with a little work we could use an little
> RDFXML importer written in JS to migrate the existing uses of RDF
> (mimetypes, extension manager) and then just drop core RDF support
It seems like there is more than one head thinking or working on this.
Oddly enough, I was giving talks and spending cycles on improving it.
Anyway, removing code needs internal discussion, and public discussion,
too. The all-hands sounds like a good occasion to do some of the
internal discussion. To estimate the impact of such a change, I'd need
public comments, though, and a migration plan.
I do see conceptual problems from what I have heard so far, but I doubt
that I have a good picture of what's going on yet.