[microformats-discuss] Hi - microformat support in CMSs

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Fri Aug 12 20:16:35 PDT 2005

On Aug 12, 2005, at 5:47 PM, Marius Scurtescu wrote:

> Hi all,
> I discovered the microformats site and concept recently and I think
> that this is an extremely important development.
> While specialized browser support is very appealing (Greasemonkey
> scripts or extensions) I think that for the next while it will be very
> important to add microformat support to diverse CMSs,

Of course.

You'll notice that one of the originators of the microformats  
movement is matt mullenweg, lead developer of wordpress. You'll also  
notice that there's some drupal developers around here.

> regardless of
> the browser or configuration used.
> I can see three different areas where support can be added:
> 1. Microformat authoring. Ideally editor extensions like the hCard or
> hCalendar creators should be available when you enter some content in
> a CMS.


> 2. Microformat formatting and augmenting. Ideally microformat content
> entered in a CMS will be processed by filters so it is augmented. An
> hCard can be rendered with special buttons for vCard download and
> linking to a mapping site.


> 3. Microformat postprocessing. Microformat content could be extracted,
> by a filter as well, and stored in some other format. For example, you
> could enter an event in hCalendar format for a news item, a filter can
> capture this and insert the event into a calendar module database.


4. Theme developers could use microformats (and other shared  
semantics) to make their markup semi-standard, thereby allowing more  
reuse among the themes. (shout out to Chris Messina :-))

> Probably these ideas are not new, I was wondering what other people
> think about them. I you know of something similar, could you please
> send a pointer?

I think http://microformats.org/wiki/implementations#Publish might  
help (if not, please, everyone, add any implementations you now of to  
that page).

> If no one else is doing something like this I would like, as a start,
> to give 1. above a try and write plugins for WordPress and/or Drupal
> (for hCard and hCalendar).

I've heard rumors of plugins being written for these platforms. Anyone?

> Any thoughts or comments more than appreciated.

Welcome, Marius.


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