Never underestimate the usefulness of human-readable data. (was
Re: [uf-discuss] Non-HTTP/HTML microformats)
kmarks at technorati.com
Thu Dec 1 03:11:57 PST 2005
On Nov 30, 2005, at 11:14 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:
> On 11/30/05 4:55 PM, "Ryan King" <ryan at technorati.com> wrote:
>> Never underestimate the usefulness of human-readable data.
> Ryan, this is an excellent point, and I feel like something that needs
> to be
> added to that other blog-post-in-progress based on the last discussion
> "The tools will save us" (NOT!) that we had on the list.
> There is SO MUCH evidence (like the examples you just gave) for the
> usefulness of making data formats be human-readable that it really
> makes you
> wonder why so many otherwise intelligent people keep wanting to do
Well, there is a second distinction here. XML folks would argue that
their data is human readable too, and describing the Box Model Hack as
human-readable only works for a sufficiently narrow definition of
However the key point with using HTML for the microformats, is that
everyone has a viewer for the data, so they don't need to parse it by
eye, as it were.
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