[uf-discuss] Comments from IBM/Lotus rep about Microformats
mikeschinkel at gmail.com
Mon Dec 11 21:29:25 PST 2006
Benjamin West wrote:
> That's the first I've heard of this usage. I think what I'm
> hearing (and agree with) is a need for a term that describes
> the product of semantic markup techniques in a general way.
It's my usage. It seemed natural as I've heard the term uppercase/lowercase
used to distinguish between official and unofficial in other areas in the
> Lots of people are already doing this, and don't need any
> official body to bless them.
Agreed. I just see the need to give those people a way to disambiguate
between themselves and Microformats. I've said the same here as well as on
WHATWG. But I'm not gaining any success to date. People are saying it is a
hypothetical problem while ignoring that I am saying it is an actual problem
in my usage.
> Microformats (any casing) would be a subset of these products
> that are blessed by pervasive use across the web. I'm
> hesitant to pick out such a name, lest I choose badly (eg
> AJAX). I'm happy to let the market pick that name (eg I
> don't think anyone should deliberately pick it out.), but at
> the same time, I'm hesitant to let the term microformats be
> applied to general applications of general techniques.
> Does that reverberate at all with you, Mike, or anyone else?
That's exactly what I see going on here and discuss on WHATWG, so yes. Ian
Hickson called it "Keywords in the HTML extension mechanism" and I reverted
to calling it "semantic markup embedded in HTML." Maybe we could call it
SemMarE? (yeah, I suck a making up names too. ;-)
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