[uf-dev] Re: [uf-discuss] The UI of microformat detection

David Janes davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Tue Feb 6 04:28:20 PST 2007

On 2/5/07, Alex Faaborg <faaborg at mozilla.com> wrote:
> > Would it possible/practical to have a configurable "post this
> > microformat" option.
> Yeah, that is the general model we are going for.  In the mockups I
> primarily show client side apps, but they could just as well be Web
> apps (some of the google services I show in the mockups are), and the
> entire framework will be completely extensible.
> > I could post a hAtom entry to by
> > blogging service that would preformat a blog post referencing it
> I'm not sure if we are going to have native support for hAtom
> detection, since only a limited number of Firefox users are also
> active bloggers, but this would be a great extension for people who
> do blog.

Hi Alex,

Other possible uses for hAtom"

- nicely printing a blog entry (or newpaper article)
- capturing text to a personal store
- sending to a social bookmarking site

How about a configuration panel with checkboxes to decide what
microformats one wishes to recognize? Or even better, enter your own
"semantic HTML" information and then one could see all sorts of
deployments, in situations such as intranets. The nice thing is that
for "other" microformats ... and I assume there's going to be more and
more of these ... the only things needed are (I think):

- a name
- a root class
- an icon (optional to some degree)

And then hopefully an ecosystem of developers and users will develop.

I was attending a conference on Sunday called TransitCamp [1] talking
about re-imagining how the website for our local transit would work.
Needless to say I was pushing the whole concept of
microformats/semantic HTML; one could imagine capturing routes,
stations, store hours, etc. all from within the browser to do seamless
cross-site trip planning.

Regards, etc...

[1] http://blogmatrix.blogmatrix.com/:entry:blogmatrix-2007-02-06-0000/

David Janes
Founder, BlogMatrix

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