[uf-discuss] hProduct thoughts

Adam Craven - Four Shapes adam.craven at fourshapes.com
Fri Aug 25 04:37:08 PDT 2006

Retail is a huge area. Products are listed everywhere and the data is
untamed and lacks cohesion. 

The proposal is here to gauge interest in developing a microformat to help
unify this data, specifically for products.

A few examples of retail sites:   

A classical example:

An affiliate based product seller (indirect, not the product seller):

A plain example:

Some ideas of what could be included:

Title: [Main title] 
Web Standards Solutions
Subtitle: [More information on the product]
The Mark-up and Style Handbook

Price: [RRP, Tax, Price in other currencies] 
£10 (£11.75 inc VAT)

Availability: [number in stock, time to delivery, shipping] 
In Stock, 1-3 days delivery 

Shipping/Postage: [Cost for shipping (usually varies a lot depend on what
you choose)]
First class, £3.40

Format: [What is the product?] 

Format specific information would be great, however, with so many things a
product can be (e.g. TV, Cup, Book, Car) it would be hard to cover all
bases. Unsure about that.

Review: [Use hReview Implementation]

Product overview: [About the product, description, blurb, mainly textual
Web Standards Solutions contains

Specifications: [possible link to external site.]
N/A in this case


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