RDFa became an official World Wide Web Consortium Recommendation today. This means that it has undergone an intense amount of design, feedback, development and scrutiny to become a recognized world-wide standard for the expression of web semantics. Manu Sporny, Digital Bazaar’s Founder, has been directly involved with the RDFa Task Force and the standardization work involved with this new Web technology.
We would like to thank Ben Adida (Creative Commons), Chair of the RDFa Task Force, and Mark Birbeck (webBackplane), the primary designer of RDFa, for their vision and tenacity. In addition, we would also like to thank members of the task force – primarily composed of Ralph R. Swick (W3C), Shane McCarron (Applied Testing and Technology), Steven Pemberton (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica), and Michael Hausenblas (JOANNEUM RESEARCH).
The Web is based on a core dedication to standards. It is individuals, such as those listed above, and their respective organizations that continue to lead the way in standards innovation on the Web. It is a largely thankless job, which is why we would like to extend our deepest appreciation and admiration for an excellent job on RDFa and all that those involved with the W3C continue to do for the World Wide Web and its citizens.
RDFa will have an effect on hundreds of millions of people around the globe. It is a great privilege and honor to be a part of that effort.