[microformats-discuss] hOffer

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Sun Aug 28 12:45:17 PDT 2005

On Aug 27, 2005, at 11:16 PM, Emiliano Martinez Luque wrote:

> Sorry, the document is clear, I guess I got carried away.. I can´t
> believe I went through the wiki documentation and missed that. I
> thought the whole thing was discussed here. Sorry about that, the
> process makes absolute sense.


> I´m also seing that maybe there´s a discrepancy bettween what trevor
> is proposing and what I´m actually thinking about. Since Trevor is
> talking about a listing type of offer (which may include an offer for
> profesional services, or your used car) and I´m talking about an offer
> of a comercial Item. I guess you could have a  basic format and extend
> for different types of commercial offers.

There certainly will be some variation among different types of  
listings. Hopefully, there'll be away to capture a useful subset into  
a microformat.

> I have experience with all types of ecommerce technologies (datafeeds,
> amazon web services, wishlists, etc), I also have experience and have
> been in contact with all type of e-commerce sites. I can help with the
> documentation process.
> Sorry, I got carried away. :-)

No problems.

I think its time to start with http://microformats.org/wiki/listings- 
examples to document examples of current listings.

Who wants to start?


> Emiliano Martínez Luque
> TheThingsIWant.com
> On 8/28/05, Ryan King <ryan at technorati.com> wrote:
>> On Aug 27, 2005, at 9:39 PM, Emiliano Martinez Luque wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>> Hi Emiliano-
>>> I´m new to the list please excuse my english (It´s not my first
>>> language and my english grammar and spelling tend to die when I´m
>>> tired and it´s a little late here).
>>> I welcome this proposal, it´s one of the reasons I joined the list.
>>> I agree that commerce is becoming decentralized and we are also  
>>> seing
>>> small independent stores using blogging tools and tinkering CMS
>>> systems to offer their wares on the net (for example:
>>> http://www.questionablecontent.net/merch.php ). As payment systems
>>> evolve and internet access spreads worldwide we could expect this
>>> trend to continue since it is a cost effective way for small  
>>> stores to
>>> participate in the global marketplace. The benefits of having a
>>> microformat for representing commercial offers are clear for  
>>> matching
>>> sellers to buyers as well as for all other of behaviours we have  
>>> come
>>> to expect from the web (recommendations, commercial products  
>>> reviews,
>>> wishlists, etc.).
>> yes, yes.
>>> I would first like to suggest that an optional photo should be
>>> included in the proposal. And would also like to point out that some
>>> currency specification should be included too, since '$89' could
>>> represent 89 US Dollars, 89 Canadian Dollars, 89 Argentinian Pesos,
>>> etc. If we want the data to be machine processable this ambiguity
>>> should be resolved.
>> There are definitely great issues that will need to be raised at some
>> point.
>> But, for now, I think we need to try and document how people
>> currently *actually do listings* on the web. There's a lot of stuff
>> to look at and collect.
>> As a sidenote, do we have any wikipages for this yet?
>> Let's take a look at current practice first (I'm sure people are
>> posting photos and currency, right?). And feel free to add this stuff
>> to a brainstorming page, once we get to that point.
>> As always, http://microformats.org/wiki/process is our guide here
>> (and speak up of that document is unclear anywhere- I seriously wrote
>> it in about 10 minutes).
>> -ryan
>>> Keeping with microformats philosophy of 'Designed for humans  
>>> first and
>>> machines second' I can see problems with the data being separated  
>>> into
>>> 2 different fields.
>>> ie:
>>> <span class="price">1.000,00</span>
>>> <span class="currency">EUR</span>
>>> Since it would be displayed as 1.000,00 EUR when intuitively it  
>>> should
>>> be €1.000,00 .
>>> There is also the problems of:
>>> a) French (1.000,00) vs Anglo (1,000.00) representation of
>>> thousands and cents.
>>> b) The currency sign might be at the beggining for some currencies
>>> (ie: $17) and at the end for others (for example Korean Wons. See:
>>> http://www.woori.com/planmall/elegan/Index.jsp )
>>> My first idea is that a simple parsable method could be to  
>>> include the
>>> currency on the class value itself. ie:
>>> <span class="price:EUR">€1.000,00</span>
>>> <span class="price:USD">$1,000.00</span>
>>> <span class="price:CAD">$1,000.00</span>
>>> <span class="price:ARS">$1.000,00</span>
>>> The problem of the actual format of the currency representation  
>>> could
>>> be solved then by parsing the text node according to the specified
>>> currency.
>>> Another option would be to have the value in the title attribute  
>>> of an
>>> abbr tag, ie:
>>> <abbr class="price" title="EUR 1.000,00">€1.000,00</abbr>
>>> <abbr class="price" title="USD 1,000.00">$1,000.00</abbr>
>>> <abbr class="price" title="CAD 1,000.00">€1,000.00</abbr>
>>> <abbr class="price" title="ARS 1.000,00">€1.000,00</abbr>
>>> You might have noticed that I kept up with the different formats, I
>>> believe this to be most intuitive, since again, you can parse the
>>> price part of the title attribute´s value according to the currency
>>> specified.
>>> This of course can by changed by deciding on a standard (Either  
>>> French
>>> or Anglo). But I can imagine a lengthy discussion on the merits and
>>> benefits of each one... :-)
>>> Well, those are my 2 bits, have a nice weekend.
>>> Emiliano Martínez Luque
>>> TheThingsIWant.com
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