[microformats-discuss] Developer Adoption

Bud Gibson bud at thecommunityengine.com
Thu Jul 14 08:27:57 PDT 2005

On Jul 14, 2005, at 8:48, Andy Hume wrote:

> I'm more concerned with getting your 'average designer in the  
> street' to start authoring contact details within an hcard as a  
> matter of course. Teach them that the cost is negligible, the  
> benefits are good today, and may be great tomorrow. Without an  
> uptake of microformat authors they'll be no reason to implement  
> applications or parsing machines. Correct?

Chicken and egg.  My discussions with authors often suggest that they  
are looking for the compelling value proposition to make the extra  
coding worth it.  That value proposition will come through  
applications and services that consume the microformat.

I humbly submit hCalendar and hCard as examples to support this claim.

Adoption of microformats depends on a clear value proposition to the  
author and ultimate end-user.  This in turn depends partly on the  
availability of applications and services.


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