[microformats-discuss] [admin] Microformats and the Semantic Web = open ended discussion

Bud Gibson bud at thecommunityengine.com
Tue Jul 19 08:55:15 PDT 2005


I understand why you have little stomach for this.  It seems not to  
lead to  a conclusion.  It seems relatively uninformed and maybe even  
demanding change when issues have not been adequately thought through.

However, I for one have found many gems of processing strategy that  
came out as side effects in this type of discussion.

Brian, I'll respond to you separately, as I do not want to burden  
people who have little stomach for this.  I feel you are hitting on a  
central point of confusion for people who are in the dirty business  
trying to write code and don't have the benefit of a lot of  
experience with microformats.  Perhaps, we could start a google group  
called microformat-hacking (microntent-hacking?) for people who are  
more in that mode.

On Jul 19, 2005, at 11:31, Tantek Çelik wrote:

> Brian,
> While I agree that there may be folks interested in this kind of a
> compare/contrast discussion, it feels like the kind of thing that  
> could drag
> on endlessly without any productive result.
> I'd *really* like to avoid strictly theoretical discussion topics  
> like this
> one.
> Below is my summary of situation.
> On 7/19/05 5:22 AM, "Brian Suda" <brian.suda at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Since this is the Discussion list, i would like to pose this question
>> to see what everyone else thinks. We are all interested in
>> Microformats, so we are probably biased, but as a community we should
>> open this discussion.
>> Q: In what way do Microformats help advance the idea of the Semantic
>> Web, or do they at all?
> The short answer is this.
> Microformats help make *today's* Web more semantic, rather than  
> pushing a
> separate parallel universe Semantic Web.
> The very existence of microformats questions the need (or even  
> desire) for a
> separate parallel universe Semantic Web.
> That being said, anyone using Semantic Web-like concepts/code in  
> their own
> applications can (as far as experts on all sides could tell at  
> WWW2005),
> simply "read" microformatted content into their semantic applications.
> Given that, I don't see any particular *practical* need for further
> discussion on this topic.
> So in a very "microformat" way of thinking, I'd like to discourage  
> further
> navel gazing on this topic.
> Let's focus on getting things done.
> Thanks,
> Tantek
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