[uf-discuss] Non-HTTP/HTML microformats

Luke Kanies luke at madstop.com
Wed Nov 30 15:06:12 PST 2005

On Wed, 30 Nov 2005, Ryan King wrote:

> Hmm, I don't think the two are as different as you'd think.
> You see, one of the beauties of The Unix Way, is that, just like
> microformats, you can use the same output for both humans and
> machines. For example, `ls .` can be read by a human or piped into
> something else with `ls . | foo`. No need for two separate formats.
> (note to self: need to write blog post comparing µF's to The Unix Way.)

It's not so much that these formats aren't meant for humans at all but
rather that their developed for communicating information to computers and
about computers.  I definitely still want the information to be easily read
and understood by humans, but the information itself will likely be modelled
and managed entirely differently because of the different endpoint.

> 1. Can you use the µF principles to guide your work? Sure, I
> certainly would.


> 2. Could your design principles be the same? Sure.

Certainly the principles on the Wiki will all be followed as well as

> 3. Are people involved around here likely to be interested? Sure.

That would be great; I'd love some help from people more experienced in this

> 4. Is this mailing list the right place to discuss these matters?
> Probably not, we've got to limit our scope at some point.

I definitely agree with this in terms of the specifics; I'll be making a
list to discuss this somewhat soon, I'd expect, and I'll announce it to the
list when I do.

Of course, there will be some cross-over in content, so I expect there will
be some leakage.

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying
of nothing.  --Redd Foxx
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