dotMac Webmail implements hCard

As reported by Chris Messina, Apple’s dotMac team has added hCard support to their webmail application.

Despite recently canceling my dotMac account, I think this is important news because it highlights a use case of microformats which many have not recognized.

Up until now, most usage of hCard has been people publically publishing contact information. Putting it in hCard allows people to use X2V to convert it to a vCard, which most address book applications support.

In the case of dotMac’s webmail, the contact information isn’t public– it’s in a private view of an individual user. By marking up this data with hCard, browsers which understand hCard can recognize what they’re rendering and do smart things with it. Today, the best tool for doing this is the wonderful Tails Firefox extension. Tails will highlight microformats in a page and allow you to extact them to your address book or calendar.

My point in all of this? Semantic markup is valuable no matter where you use it– public or private– because it allows us to build smart tools for consuming the information.

6 Responses to “dotMac Webmail implements hCard”

  1. dotMac Webmail implements hCard « The Screaming Carrot :

    [...] http://microformats.org/blog/2006/10/31/dotmac-webmail-implements-hcard/ [...]

    November 1st, 2006 at 3:17 pm

  2. Microformats at notizBlog :

    [...] Die Technorati Engine sucht auf der übermittelten Seite nach einer hCard und wandelt diese in eine vCard um. Auch die Firma Apple, welche die vCard für ihr Adressbuch verwendet nutzt das hCard-Format für ihr Onlineangebot .Mac. Nachteile sind wohl die Searchrobots von Spammern, die jetzt noch leichteres Spiel haben… [...]

    November 20th, 2006 at 10:54 am

  3. Last.fm adds support for hCalendar at FactoryCity :

    [...] Guillermo Esteves has notified me that another site has added microformats under the hood — and, just like Apple’s dotMac Webmail, for password-protected content. [...]

    January 23rd, 2007 at 1:45 pm

  4. Thema Microformat « mon petit web - chindogu :

    [...] Die Technorati Engine sucht auf der übermittelten Seite nach einer hCard und wandelt diese in eine vCard um. Auch die Firma Apple, welche die vCard für ihr Adressbuch verwendet, nutzt das hCard-Format für ihr Onlineangebot .Mac. Auf der Seite suda.co.uk gibt es Links und Informationen zu weiteren Implementierungs-Möglichkeiten. [...]

    March 21st, 2007 at 4:01 am

  5. microformateurs » Blog Archive » DotMac Webmail implémente hCard :

    [...] Billet original publié par Ryan King [...]

    April 11th, 2007 at 1:11 am

  6. Manuel :

    That Tails Firefox extension is a very nice idea for the use of hCard!

    July 30th, 2007 at 3:15 am