[uf-discuss] species microformats & OpenSearch
scott at randomchaos.com
Wed Dec 6 06:14:47 PST 2006
On Dec 6, 2006, at 1:14 AM, Shorthouse, David wrote:
> To that end, I now make use of uBio LSIDs & marked-up species pages
> <h1><span class="species urn:lsid:ubio.org:namebank:2029133">Theridion
> agrifoliae</span> Levi, 1957</h1>
> .in the hopes that uBio's and other LSIDs will eventually
> contribute to the
> semantic web in a taxonomically intelligent way. This in my opinion
> is the
> way to go with microformats.
Hi David. Welcome to the list. The above seems to me very unlikely
to be adopted by HTML publishers. That LSID URN refers to an RDF
resource, and RDF is not intended to be consumed by humans.
Microformats are for humans first. Also, the RDF resource lists the
canonical name as "Theridion agrifoliae," so that alone should be
canonically descriptive, right? What exactly is the benefit of
repeating this information in the class when it's already in the
> I simply cannot comprehend how something like:
> <h1><span class="species">Theridion agrifoliae</span> Levi, 1957</h1>
> .could ever contribute to the semantic web in a meaningful way &
> will stand
> the test of taxonomic revisions (i.e how do the current species
> deal with synonyms, homonyms, and other recognized nomenclature?).
Synonyms and other nomenclature are covered by <abbr>, e.g.:
Along came a <abbr title="Theridion agrifoliae"
class="species">spider</abbr> and sat down beside her.
This keeps the more precise version accessible to human readers
(unlike class names), without requiring them to read it.
Homonyms should be irrelevant to markup, as parsers read only HTML
text, not audio.
If there are real limitations to the simpler solution, please
describe them in more detail. It would be especially helpful if you
have content you can try marking up and describe the specific
problems you face, to keep away from hypotheticals. But if you're
just looking for a more general syntax for these semantics, you may
want to just use RDF instead of microformats. We're not trying to
mark up everything here - just enough to be useful.
Regarding OpenSearch, anyone can return microformat results in
OpenSearch format, but I don't know of anyone doing so yet.
Technorati and Alexa are both running early microformat aggregators,
but the species microformat is just getting started so there's not
much to aggregate yet.
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