I know you’ve been learning about RDFa (Resource Description Framework). You guys pay attention. I’d love it if the folks working on Dreamweaver could add some RDFa support to the next version of Dreamweaver.
Here’s my vision of this. The already existing metadata developed by The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative could simply be added as a menu, perhaps a new DC menu. Using that menu, a developer could quickly select from a list of existing properties and insert them in semantically appropriate locations on a web page.
Here’s an example of some RDFa code from the W3C:
<h2 property="dc:title">The trouble with Bob</h2>
Wouldn’t it be lovely if a busy front end developer using Dreamweaver could just grab the
xmlns or one of the
dc properties from a menu and apply it to the proper semantic element?
The other day I heard Michael (TM) Smith say,
Semantic markup is markup that encodes meaning into content. Semantic markup transforms a document into an information source. The information becomes usable in unanticipated ways when the structure is reusable.
I know that the hand coders and the standardistas out here in web page land will take to RDF without your help. But what about Adobe’s core user group? Don’t those developers need to be describing their data with machine-readable structured meta data, too?
I hope you will give the idea some consideration.
Dreamweaver’s biggest fan,