"uid" microformats? (was Re: [uf-discuss] ISBN mark-up)

Ross Singer ross.singer at library.gatech.edu
Tue Apr 25 15:04:21 PDT 2006


Your responses and your reply about 'letting the market decide' what gets to
survive on the web makes me think that your attitude about microformats is:

"Microformats are for commercial-purposes first and foremost.  Everything
else is an edge case that can be dismissed."

And, quite frankly, that's a disturbing viewpoint.


On 4/25/06, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
> On 4/25/06 2:41 PM, "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
> > In message <C0739614.6D4BA%tantek at cs.stanford.edu>, Tantek Çelik
> > <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> writes
> >>> I think the case for ISBN is no big difference from telephone number
> or
> >>> zip code, etc.
> >>
> >> The average person knows, understands, and uses telephone numbers and
> >> zip codes all the time. The same cannot be said about ISBN.
> >
> > Interesting assertion. Care to cite your evidence?
> Any study showing use of phones (number of phones per househould,
> cellphones
> per capita etc.) and postal mail demonstrates broad understanding of those
> two.
> ISBN?  I leave that David Letterman or whoever wants to make a funny video
> asking people on the street what an ISBN is and how to use it.
> Tantek
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