[uf-discuss] Formatting of Movie Credits information

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Wed Nov 16 18:01:24 PST 2005


First of all, welcome to the list!  Great to have you here.

Clearly you have already read up on quite a bit of the material at
microformats.org and elsewhere.

In short, it is certainly possible to use XMDP to describe the set of rels,
clases, ids that you use in your own documents.  There is nothing wrong with
that at all, in fact, it could be quite handy for an XMDP-enabled validator
to check to see if you are only using rels, classes, and ids which are
defined as a way of keeping track of your site's information architecture.

The difference between simply providing a descriptive XMDP, and a
microformat standard is whether or not you need/want your content to be
consumed and published by a variety of different people, applications etc.

If not, that is, if you just want to describe and define your class names
etc. in a bit more detail, then go ahead and write your own XMDP and
reference it in the head of the document.

If however, that you *do* want the info to be in a "standard" format which
interoperates with other applications, sites, services etc., then the best
thing to do is start with the process page which Chris pointed to.

For movie info in particular, I would say a "Movie" is definitely a type of
"media" as described in the media-metadata-examples page.


For information about a movie, that's probably the right place to start.
Note that that page definitely needs some work in terms of the process, but
it starts with interested folks joining up to do so.



On 11/16/05 4:37 PM, "Chris Messina" <chris.messina at gmail.com> wrote:

> Most of this should be handled with the hCard and hCal MF "building
> blocks". In addition, true microformats need to go through a thorough
> lifecycle and investigation before being "microformats".
> A collection of seemingly semantic classes does not a microformat make.
> ;)
> Not sure if you've taken a look, but give a good read to this page:
> http://microformats.org/wiki/process
> It'll help get you started with how you might go about rephrasing your
> question -- and apologies if this sounds abrupt or presumptive, but we
> all go through the same initiation!
> Chris
> On 11/16/05, Goodlatte, Robert <Robert.Goodlatte at dig.com> wrote:
>> I'm looking to format movie credit information in a semantic and meaningful
>> way.  I've looked at XMDP as a possible way of assigning some meaning to CSS
>> classes, perhaps used in a definition list, but I would like to hear other
>> people's opinions on the subject.  Is this proper use of a definition list?
>> If not, what other formatting should I use?
>> Right now, my HTML would look something like this:
>> <dl>
>> <dt id='title'>Title</dt>
>>   <dd>Walk the Line</dd>
>> <dt id='genre'>Genre</dt>
>>   <dd>Biography, Musical, Drama</dd>
>> <dt id='cast'>Cast</dt>
>>    <dd>Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick, Ginnifer Goodwin,
>> Shelby Lynne</dd>
>> ...etc etc.
>> Would an unordered list be a more appropriate way to format this
>> information?  Is there a microformat I could use?
>> The information I would like to present is:
>> Title
>> First Billed Cast
>> Director(s)
>> Writer(s)
>> Genre(s)
>> Status
>> Release Date
>> DVD Release Date
>> Running Time
>> MPAA Rating
>> Web Site
>> Thanks in advance, and my apologies if this is the incorrect forum for this
>> question.
>> Rob Goodlatte
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