[uf-discuss] Comments from IBM/Lotus rep about Microformats

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at gmail.com
Sat Dec 16 00:42:47 PST 2006

Scott Reynen wrote:
> This mirrors how natural language works.   
> Until there is some need for clarification, we assume everyone knows  
> what we mean.  Then there is a need for clarification, we clarify.   
> No one goes around defining every word before they use it, 
> and I don't think we can expect publishers to behave 
> differently with HTML symbols.  We could require profile 
> URIs, but that won't make anyone use them.  OI think only a 
> practical need for disambiguation will do that.

The analogy is flawed. Humans have intelligences to compensate when
presented with ambiguity. Machine (at least currently) do not.

-Mike Schinkel

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