[uf-discuss] microformats are Sugar? WAS: Avatar Microformat ?

Luke Arno luke.arno at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 15:19:12 PST 2005

On 11/25/05, Ryan King <ryan at technorati.com> wrote:
> On Nov 24, 2005, at 2:19 PM, Chris Messina wrote:
> > Microformats are for general purpose use, like flour and sugar. Using
> > them you can build things as interesting as pizza or as simple as
> > bread. However, a microformat for pizza would probably be
> > inappropriate or not worth standardizing since its fundamental
> > ingredients can be broken down further into more atomic units.
> Chris, you've made an interesting analogy. Please indulge me as I
> expand on it (beware, I'm still recovering from my thanksgiving-day
> food coma)...
> First, microformats = sugar, flour, or other elemental ingredients
> (see http://microformats.org/wiki/elemental-microformat).
> Microformats also included some compounds (which you'd buy from the
> store, but could also make yourself), like cranberry sauce (I dunno,
> my family doesn't make it from scratch, I also don't eat it :D).
> Now people have been making food (sematic xhtm) for a long time, but
> everyone was always making everything from scratch, even grinding
> their flour and refining their own sugar.
> Finally, some people decided to get together and make the basics,
> which others could then reuse in their own recipes. The benefits of
> this arrangement are obvious, I can make mashed potatoes and gravy
> without having to make butter (inc. milking the cow) myself.
> Mmmm, food.

Oh man, you are making me hungry. :-)

And it is healthiest to stick to raw veggies (XHTML
Compounds) when you can. Also it is best to use
organically produced ingredients.

This is my favorite analogy so far.

- Luke

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