[microformats-discuss] Developer Adoption

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Thu Jul 14 14:43:13 PDT 2005

On 7/14/05, Kevin Marks <kmarks at technorati.com> wrote:
> On Jul 14, 2005, at 1:25 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> > Given standardized HTML formats, we can share CSS for formatting the
> > data.  Since high-quality CSS is actually pretty hard, this would save
> > a lot of work.
> How about a CSS Zen Garden for microformats?

Exactly!  Just having that one thing would make microformats immediately useful.

It takes a long time and a lot of specialized knowledge to make
semantic HTML work in most browsers.  If browser specialists could
contribute reusable components in the same way that tty specialists
contribute reusable libraries, it would be a big win.

> > Given browser-visible data, we can use javascript to manipulate it.
> > This allows browser-based tools into a market where only OS-based
> > tools have been able to go.
> Several people have been doing this already:

Yup.  There are also Ryan's and Tantek's h* editors.  

> > We can copy data from one site or page to another without losing the
> > structure.  For example, we can reblog a blog entry without losing the
> > original comment-submission URL.  Or, we can copy an event listing
> > from the promoter's site to an event aggregator and from the
> > aggregator to the user's calendar.  ...all with plain old web apps.
> Lucas, I've been meaning to ask you about citation-wrapping on that -
> some of the examples I've seen have made it hard to tell which is a
> reblogged element and which is commentary by the reblogger. Perhaps you
> can join in the
> http://www.microformats.org/wiki/citation-brainstorming

Ok, I will wade in.  

- Lucas

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