[microformats-discuss] hOffer

Emiliano Martinez Luque martinezluque at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 21:21:29 PDT 2005

> This seems like the right approach. The traditional classified ad
> categories (e.g. For Sale, Wanted, Services, Jobs, Real Estate, Events,
> Personals) are a good starting point, but we should probably try to
> narrow down the listing types that the microformat will support. For
> example, does it make sense to include events, when hCalendar already
> handles them quite well? Another concern would be "watering down" the
> format by supporting too large a variety of content types.

 I completely agree. Doing something that´s too complicated will defeat the 
purpose of this. But I guess, since we are in the exploratory stages looking 
at all types of listings makes sense. Particullarly for deciding in the 
future how to narrow down to the basics of a format and what extensions it 
should have. My guess (and it´s just a guess) is that at it´s most basic, 
newspaper classified ads (which is from where all the web based listing 
seems to have evolved), can be narrowed to type, title, description, 
contact. But I think that looking at all of the current web based types (and 
the specialized schemas for different types that seem to have evolved and 
implemented by different sites) is a good starting point. BTW, is anybody 
aware of any type of Job Offering and Asking XML vocabullary that has been 
developed? I know of none and it might be a good reference.

I've added several new example sections (real estate, jobs) and moved
> some of the content into listing-formats:

 You´ve done an amazing job, specially on categorizing the types of 
listings. Do you believe that for the sake of simplicity we should group 
rent and accomodation together? I´m not quite sure of that but I guess it 
makes sense. I´ve added some others from sites around the world (I forgot to 
login a couple of times, I´m sorry) some are quite big at their markets 
(like the trader.com <http://trader.com> network), some are quite small. I 
tried to look at a big sample from around the world.
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