[uf-discuss] Signalling use of microformats?

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Thu Feb 9 13:09:10 PST 2006

On Feb 9, 2006, at 2:56 PM, Patrick Tufts wrote:

> My experience is that crawlers will parse all HTML, and that the  
> effort
> to recognize an HTML-embedded tag that says "hey, this is a  
> microformat
> page" probably won't make life much easier, as by that point the  
> page is
> getting parsed anyway (in other words, there's nothing further to
> prioritize).

I understood the advantage of profiles was not so much to save  
crawlers from wasted parsing, but just to establish a formal  
difference between someone marking up their holiday card with  
class="hcard" and a microformat hcard.  I haven't seen any holiday  
cards marked with class="hcard", but I have run into a few people who  
seem to think this is a major problem with microformats, and it's  
easier to point them to the profile that allows them to disambiguate  
than to explain that there isn't really any ambiguity anyway.


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