[uf-discuss] invisible metadata

Andy Hume andyhume at thedredge.org
Sat Nov 19 05:42:12 PST 2005


>>> As said before, microformats encourage the use of *visible data*,  
>>> not
>>> invisible (meta)data, and thus microformats agrees with the
>>> position that
>>> you should NOT use CSS to hide microformatted content.
>> This is a concept I hadn't heard voiced before, and I guess I agree
>> in principle.
> Yes, this is a *very* important aspect of microformats.
>> However, microformats could be powerful tool for marking up invisible
>> meta data.
> The problem is that invisible metadata is nearly worthless.

It's not quite as simple as that, surely? Invisible metadata  
shouldn't be worthless, although I do understand the arguments  
against hiding it.

<a href="http://myfriend.com" rel="friend met colleague">Mr Bloggs</a>

These XFN values are essentially invisible to humans when rendered by  
a browser. Explain how this is different to hiding something with CSS.

Apologies if I'm going over old ground here.

> See previous
> writings on this re: meta keywords etc.

Very interesting, and I understand the parallels with meta keyword  
values, etc. I *have* taken this on board, however my question above  
still stands.



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