[uf-dev] Using class for non-human data

Jake Archibald jaffathecake at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 00:00:38 PDT 2008

Any solution which requires CSS, JavaScript, prevents HTML4 / XHTML
validation, or puts machine data in a human readable place isn't
really an option for the BBC (and sites with a similar range of

For me, the great thing about microformats is they don't break
validation and *shouldn't* impact on usability & accessibility.

On 6/23/08, Guillaume Lebleu <guillaume at lebleu.org> wrote:
> Toby A Inkster wrote:
>> Of course the other approach is to say "to hell with validity" and
>> embrace RDFa's "content" attribute, which can be introduced in a very
>> easy and straight-forward manner without using the rest of RDFa
> Having followed the discussions on this matter for some time, it seems
> to me that we are indeed reaching a limit here, in terms of keeping both
> compliant with XHTML semantics and adhering to a (unwritten?) principle
> that microformats should not influence how the human-readable content is
> written in the first place.
> For those implementations not willing to say "to hell with validity",
> could they get away with a machine-readable content for dates that gets
> formatted in a human friendly way in JavaScript for display to humans?
> For instance, the HTML would be <span class="dstart
> date">2005-10-10T10:10:10-0100</span>, but by way of a "data pretty
> printer" (something like http://ejohn.org/blog/javascript-pretty-date/),
> it would be displayed as "10:10am on October 10th 2005".
> Is this a heresy? What do you think?
> Guillaume
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