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

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Tue Apr 25 15:10:42 PDT 2006

On 4/25/06 3:04 PM, "Ross Singer" <ross.singer at library.gatech.edu> wrote:

> Tantek,
> 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.

Not *commercial*, but 80/20 of the cases on the *Web* today, whether
commercial or not.

And yes, that focus is deliberate.

>  Everything
> else is an edge case that can be dismissed."

Yes, we get things done because we dismiss the 20% in favor of getting the
80% working well.

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

To some perhaps.

To those that seek a perfect schema or format to cover all (or even most)
edge cases, microformats may be quite disturbing.

But to the rest of us that are content to make the 80% cases work, and work
quickly, and then move onto the next problem, this is the place to be.

We've deliberately, not lightly, taken this stance, and no amount of
theoretical problem raising will change it.


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