[microformats-discuss] Declaring the use of microformats with
Tantek Ç elik
tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Thu Oct 6 10:04:54 PDT 2005
On 10/6/05 9:54 AM, "Luke Arno" <luke.arno at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/6/05, David Janes -- BlogMatrix <davidjanes at blogmatrix.com> wrote:
>> This is an idea that's been kicking around in my head for the last two
>> months, so I'm just throwing it out there for discussion.
>> Would it be a good [bad/indifferent] idea to require declaration in the
>> XHTML header that certain microformats are in use? The positive points I
>> see from this are:
>> - scripts, such as Greasemonkey ones, won't unnecessarily scan through
>> XHTML documents looking for information that is not there; after all,
>> it's reasonable to expect that if this all works out, there could be
>> hundreds of possible microformats, many developed in a decentralized
>> manner or perhaps even one off (like within a corporate environment)
>> - reducing the possibility of 'accidental' recognition of microformats
>> that really aren't (for example, a listing of someone's Holiday CARDs).
>> This could be done with a header link  to the XMDP profile, for example.
>> href="http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard-profile.xmdp" />
>> There may also be need a profile  added to the <head> to make this
> This is, in fact currently done with the profile attribute of the head
<head profile="PROFILEURL1 PROFILEURL2 ...">
This is discussed in the XMDP description:
> In XHTML2.0, it looks like this will get nicer by moving into a link
Yes, and indeed, we are considering simply adding rel="profile" to XMDP as
well. I still have about 100 emails regarding that topic to digest and
attempt to summarize, so don't worry, I haven't forgotten about them. For
any additional discussion on rel="profile", I would ask that folks check the
archives to see what has already been said, and hold off for a bit in the
hopes I can get that summary/conclusions written up which will hopefully
answer a bunch of questions.
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