[uf-discuss] Fiction books microformats

Chris Hibbert chris at commerce.net
Thu Nov 17 13:39:08 PST 2005

> Brian came up with an initial scheme that just might work: <span
> class="title-novel">War and Peace</span>. The class lets us style it
> for visual presentation readers are use to and it provides metadata for
> parsers.
> Does this make more sense?

That's sort of where I ended up, though I couldn't find canonical 
labels.  In my most recent review [1], I wrote

    As with <span class="bookauthor">Sinclair Lewis</span>'s
    <span class="booktitle">It Can't Happen Here</span>, the
    point is that what enables the abuse is unprotesting
    acceptance by the populace.

"title-novel" would work as well as "booktitle".  I don't see any other 
proposals like "bookauthor" that distinguish the author of the review 
from the author of the reviewed work.

I finally figured out how to add the styling I want, so I should be able 
to follow a model like this now.

The beginning of the  review is annotated thusly:

   <div class="hreview">
    <span class="version" style="display: none;">0.2</span>
    <abbr class="dtreviewed" title="20051108T2318-0700"></abbr>
    <span style="display: none;" class="reviewer fn">Chris Hibbert</span>
    <a style="display: none;"
      class="item url fn">RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone</a>
    <span class="description">
   <span class="booktitle">RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone</span>
   feels like a juvenile, in the sense of Heinlein's Juveniles ...

That's a lot of non-human-visible annotation.  The name of the work 
appears in the review, along with the author, and the review's date is 
visible above the review, but not in ISO format.  The URL of the book is 
the post's title link, as well as being hidden in the microformatting.


[1]  http://pancrit.blogspot.com/2005/11/rebelfire-out-of-gray-zone.html
Chris Hibbert
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Principal Investigator, Prediction Markets
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