Tantek Ç elik
tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Sat Aug 27 15:04:21 PDT 2005
On 8/27/05 9:47 AM, "trevor at junkstream.com" <trevor at junkstream.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I wanted to see if any work has been done on a microformat for
> describing offers (e.g. For Sale, Wanted). New to the list, but haven't
> come across anything in this area.
> Here's the basic problem: offer metadata (e.g. Title, Description,
> Price, Contact Info) is typically stored in non-semantic markup and
> moved around in proprietary feed formats. Commerce is becoming more
> decentralized, so an open standard for simple distributed offers would
> be increasingly valuable.
> Much of the work done on hCard and hReview could probably be reused,
> with a minimal number of new elements. If there's sufficient interest,
> I can put together an examples page to get things started.
I think Rohit probably has some thoughts on this, given his background.
I think this is worthy of starting an examples page. There's tons of
examples on craigslist and ebay. With such an "hOffer" microformat, you
could theoretically build a distributed version of those sites, where people
simply publish what they have for sale or what they want, and some spidering
engine matches them up, lets you query them etc.
I wonder how examples for "for sale" vs. "wanted" offers will differ in
terms of their implicit schema. I'd expect to see a lot of overlap.
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