[uf-discuss] Operator: Microformat detection for Firefox 2

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Sun Dec 17 09:18:26 PST 2006

Alex, welcome and congrats on the release!

As I was telling Tantek last night, you've now "operationalized" his
hcard demo. ;)

This is really quite cool and a great start.

Our challenge, in my estimation, is to move beyond simple data
conversion (as useful as that is compared with what little we have
today) and start to look at the meeting point between semantic data in
webpages and behaviors that can be contextually applied to them.

A simple salient example is in Camino, where you right-click an email
address and the menu offers you the ability to copy just the email
address *or* look it up in Address Book. Clearly for any hcard, this
behavior makes sense and I'd like to see work done (some of which I'm
working on personally) to explore the user interface opportunities
that microformats provide, espeically for browser makers.


On 12/16/06, Angus McIntyre <angus at pobox.com> wrote:
> At 03:23 -0800 16.12.2006, Alex Faaborg wrote:
> >Today Mozilla Labs released a microformat extension for Firefox 2
> >named Operator.  The extension was developed by Michael Kaply at IBM,
> >and detects hCard, hCalendar, geo, hReview and rel-tag.
> >http://labs.mozilla.com/2006/12/introducing-operator
> Nice.
> One thing I notice is that if I view my resume (in hResume) at:
> 	http://www.nomadcode.com/info/resumeAngusMcIntyre.html
> the Operator menu shown under Google Calendar correctly pulls out all
> the hCalendar entries, but munges title and company together, i.e.
> 	Software developerblip.tv, ...
> Is this a flaw in Operator, or should I be marking up my resume
> differently to be more Operator-friendly?
> I've also encountered cases where it's not picking up what I believe
> to be a valid hCard, but I need to review my code to see whether it's
> really as valid as I think it is before reporting that as a bug.
> Angus
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