[uf-discuss] generic microformat parsing heuristics?

Phil Dawes phil at phildawes.net
Mon Nov 7 11:25:44 PST 2005

Hi Tantek,

Tantek Çelik wrote:

 > Phil,
 > Take a look at hCard parsing:
 >  http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard-parsing
 > Much of which is embodied there generalizes to other microformats.

Excellent - many thanks.

Out of interest, do you think that a generic microformats parser _can_
be written?
(e.g. something that could parse hcard, hcal et al out of xhtml without
prior knowledge of their precise schemas?)

I ask because we're starting to wonder about embedding our own internal
microformats into webapps at work[1] (e.g. maybe for financial reference
data), but we'd want to be able to use off-the-shelf generic tools to
parse, aggregate and query the custom data.

Thanks again,


[1] http://www.drkw.com/

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