[uf-discuss] Media Metadata, Specifically Video Thumbnails
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Wed Aug 16 15:02:40 PDT 2006
On 16 Aug 2006, at 22:46, Steve Williams wrote:
> I don't want to do something that might influence a bunch of sites
> if it would hurt the Microformats effort.
I wouldn't be too worried about that. The Microformats process
(http://microformats.org/wiki/process) says that µf are built
wherever possible on _existing_ behaviour.
So what you need to look for is whether other sites that use
thumbnails for images or video are using a reproducing scheme. As
Charles says, class=thumbnail is common and has been discussed before
However, if evidence is in short supply, your best move is to think
carefully about what information Digg needs to glean from pages
(video format and identification of thumbnail images have been
identified in this thread so far, but you may have other
requirements: captions? titles? copyright?) and then work out the
best scheme in HTML you can. It wouldn't be a microformat in an
official sense but it would be evidence towards building one in the
future (especially on a site as big as Digg).
I'm sure there are lots of very wise and knowledgeable people here
who'd be happy to provide input if you were to draft such a scheme,
although I'm not 100% sure if that would be on-topic.
Also try to think within the bounds of raw HTML. Can the thumbnail
‘functionality’ you desire be achieved without any class name
additions? What about an IMG, nested within an A that links to a
video file? Is that sufficient? (from a few seconds thought it isn't,
since it could be an image as part of navigation, not a thumbnail at
all, but it's the principal I'm trying to demonstrate).
Best of luck,
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