[microformats-discuss] Shouldn't hCard use <address>?

Bud Gibson bud at thecommunityengine.com
Sat Jun 25 03:50:53 PDT 2005


You are right that <div>s and <span>s do not imply any special  
semantics.  All of that comes in the class (and where relevant rel)  
attributes for these elements.

The trick to microformats is that they use standard xhtml markup  
elements but qualify their meaning
through the class attribute.  This admittedly can be less powerful  
than going and defining new markup elements (say through a namespace)  
that could then have their own special attributes, etc.  However, by  
avoiding namespaces or even defining whole new vocabularies,  
microformats remove a lot of barriers to implementation.  Perhaps,  
most importantly, implementers can use markup they are familiar with.


On Jun 25, 2005, at 3:18, Stephen Malone wrote:

> but I really don't
> see how it is at all "semantic."  <div>s and <span>s have little to no
> meaning at all, so they can't explain the meaning to the content they
> contain.

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