wiki-thon? Re: [uf-discuss] usability review

Ryan King ryan at
Thu Feb 2 13:34:14 PST 2006

On Feb 2, 2006, at 1:16 PM, David Osolkowski wrote:

> On 2/2/06, Dr. Ernie Prabhakar <drernie at> wrote:
>> Review/revise desired pathways for:
>>         New users learning about microformats
>>         Microformat lifecycle
> Indeed, it does seem that people new to microformats are often either
> entirely unaware of or somewhat confused about the process that exists
> to create a microformat.  There have been a few instances of a
> proposal for a new microformat being sent to the list with, for
> example, no indication of current behavior or formats.

Yes, this is a common occurrence. However, I just want to point out  
that it has been getting better. When we first started, it seemed like half of the people joining this list  
would propose a new format almost instantly. We've not got it down to  
about 1/10 or so. :-D

> This is not an
> accusation; I recall several people talking about how the microformats
> process is a different way of doing things, thus it is reasonable to
> expect people will be unfamiliar with it.


> Microformats-the-formats
> have gotten a lot of recognition, but microformats-the-process seems
> to be languishing a bit, when in fact they are significantly
> connected.  I think we can do something about that.  At the least,
> separate but clearly related (probably containing the word "micro")
> names to disambiguate the two concepts could be useful.

I'd be interesting to hear any proposals you have here. However, I'm  
not sure you could really extricate
Ryan King
ryan at

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