[uf-discuss] Live Clipboard Screen Cast

Stephen Farrell sfarrell at almaden.ibm.com
Thu Aug 3 11:19:12 PDT 2006

So I agree with what you said.  But it makes me wonder why use 
microformats for *this application*?  What do they buy you over json, 
xml, vcard, ical, etc?

Scott Reynen wrote:
> On Aug 3, 2006, at 12:38 PM, Stephen Farrell wrote:
>> The issue I found was that if you were pasting an object from one 
>> website to another, the blended presentation and content of 
>> microformats probably wasn't what you wanted, because you probably 
>> wanted the object formatted and styled and presented in the way that 
>> the target site wanted.  I suggested using microtemplates as a way to 
>> handle the presentation on the target site - some client-side 
>> templating would be required, for sure.  Also, I had to go from 
>> microformat to json in order to bind the microtemplate (which got me 
>> very unhappy about parsing microformats), which made me wonder whether 
>> microformat as a data representation actually worked in this context.
> Any use of microformats needs to strip out the irrelevant HTML semantics 
> and present the data in a consistent interface.  I think the only 
> differences between this context and any other are: 1) we are restricted 
> to JavaScript, which is more limited than the wide array of server-side 
> parsing tools, and 2) the source and target interface are both HTML, so 
> it's tempting to think we don't actually have to parse the data.  But 
> data parsing is required between copy and paste in desktop applications, 
> so why should copy and paste on the web be any different?
> Peace,
> Scott
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