[microformats-discuss] Re: Educationg Others

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Tue Oct 4 15:53:47 PDT 2005

Hi Scott,

On Oct 4, 2005, at 3:30 PM, Scott Anderson wrote:
> It is true that I don't understand the zen of microformats. I am
> simply applying my experience as to how interface designers and
> content providers would want to adopt this technology in attempt to
> understand what type of tools they might need.

Yeah, I get the feeling you work with a very different community of  
people than most of us on this list.   The sort of questions we ask are:

* How can I represent the structured data on my computer (addresse  
book, calendar entries, outlines, presentations) as a web page, that:
	a) can be styled using CSS
	b) allows the semantic structure to be easily extracted
	c) makes best use of existing XHTML conventions

I suspect that may be part of the disconnect: we are primarily  
focused on *personal* data, not *enterprise* data.

If you could care less about address book vCards, but want instead to  
represent more abstract or generic datatypes, then microformats (at  
least in its current incarnation) probably isn't for you.

-- Ernie P.

Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D. <drernie at opendarwin.org>
Ex-Physicist, Marketing Weenie, and Dilettante Hacker
Probe-Hacker blog: http://www.opendarwin.org/~drernie/

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