[uf-discuss] Microformats vs XML

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Sun Apr 30 20:29:51 PDT 2006

On Apr 30, 2006, at 9:56 PM, Karl Dubost wrote:

> *Remember* that I concluded the mail by ying-yang. Nothing is all  
> good or all bad.

It's "yin-yang" (no 'g' on 'yin'), and that's not really what it  
means.  Yin-yang is the balance of opposing forces, e.g. human- 
readability and machine-readability.  When these are balanced  
properly, it's all good.  When one has too much influence over the  
other, e.g. tag soup on the one end, or binary formats on the other,  
it's all bad.  See Wikipedia:


"Yin and yang are equally important, unlike the typical dualism of  
good and evil."

So yin-yang might actually be a good symbol for microformats, just  
not in the way suggested above.


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