[microformats-discuss] URIs please!

brian suda brian.suda at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 04:14:42 PDT 2005

Carl Beeth wrote:

>So I can understand that there is a need to disambiguate and that XMDP
>Profiles do that. But would it not be possible to make a super profile
>that contains a bunch of profiles? This way you declare once for the
>page that you respect a bunch of microformats.
The problem with making a super profile is that each DL/DD/DT are NOT
named, so you would have a list of DLs on a page not knowning which
represents which microformat. Then, you could also potentially have
collistions between properties (eg URL in both hCard and hCal, in that
example they both mean the same thing, but this will not always be
true!). Also, if you reference the super profile you could be changing
some of your CSS styles into microformats which is something you maynot
have intended.

I do agree that microformats will probably be controled through a CMS
and therefore parts (such as the head element) maynot be editable. But
without a profile there is no way for a machine to be 100% sure you
meant this to be a microformat and not just CSS styling, nor would we be
able to do auto-discovery via the profile="...". That would have to be
moved to a LINK element (something else that is not usually accessible
via CMSs).


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