validating microformats (was Re: [uf-discuss] Google Gdata new syndication protocol!)

Colin D. Devroe cdevroe at
Fri Apr 21 09:45:44 PDT 2006

On Apr 21, 2006, at 12:20 PM, Mark Pilgrim wrote:

>> 1) Microformats permit any underlying html structure to be used, so
>> there is nothing to validate there that the w3c validator doesn't
>> already do.
> Wrong.  See 
> 2006-April/000083.html

I don't see anything wrong with the above, nor anything that refutes  
it in the below.  I think what is trying to be stated here is, that  
there is no specific HTML tags that are required within most  
microformats.  For example, in hCard it would not matter if I used a  
div, span, or li (as we've been seeing recently) etc.

Perhaps I'm way off on what is trying to be said, in this particular  
instance, but it would appear that what Benjamin said is indeed  
correct, that the actual HTML used to markup a hCard (or other  
microformat) isn't necessarily set in stone.

Though Mark definitely has a point that "a validator" is probably not  
the correct term to be used.  The simple fact that there are specific  
requirements for each microformat (such as fn in hCard), and that  
those requirements should be marked up validly (a class href etc),  
gives us a starting point.

Sorry if I'm way off,
Colin D. Devroe

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