Metadata Without A Proposal

Solene Rapenne solene at perso.pw
Fri Feb 26 12:54:31 GMT 2021


On Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:16:31 +0100
Philip Linde <linde.philip at gmail.com>:

> On Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:51:08 +0100
> nothien at uber.space wrote:
> 
> > Hi!
> > 
> > I've lost track of the currently raging metadata thread entirely, and so
> > I've started this as a new post.
> > 
> > Thus far, I think there's general consensus on the following needs for
> > any metadata proposal:
> > 
> > 1. Must degrade gracefully for clients that don't understand metadata.  
> 
> Agreed.
> 
> > 2. Must not be English-specific.  
> 
> What is the preferable alternative? We could use numbers to indicate
> element type, but ultimately numbers are dependent on numeral systems,
> which depend on language and culture.
> 
> If instead of using English directly, we define opaque strings of
> characters for the tags, such that the tag "author" consistently means
> "author", we really achieve the same thing. That is a simple solution
> that is language independent.
> 
> Or we could use emoji, although I believe most computer users in the
> world would have a harder time typing out a given emoji than a given
> opaque, ASCII- and English-compatible string.

So you wouldn't mind using ふ風字כرُ instead of "author" if we agree
it can be opaque to the users?
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