[uf-discuss] one citation microformat use case

Michael McCracken michael.mccracken at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 19:25:48 PST 2006

Hi, I just found the recent conversations about a citation microformat, and
saw that the discussion slowed down around the same time someone asked about
what problem we're solving. I'd like to add my two cents:

I have a particular use case in mind: I would like to have my publications
list on my home page have enough detail to reconstruct at least a BibTeX
entry from it, and ideally something richer. I'd also really like to be sure
that there's an element that's a link to a hard-copy of the referenced item
for download, if available.

Given such a microformat, I'd add support to BibDesk to generate it from
BibTeX (and our upcoming database format), and support to add items from a
web page directly to a database in BibDesk. I would also like to be able to
subscribe to a page with data in this format, so I'd know when new
publications were added.

So, I'd like to hear opinions (since I'm new to the idea of microformats) on
how to support subscriptions with the citation format, and whether or not
it'd be best done by also using hAtom.

I've been wanting to add this kind of support to BibDesk for years, and the
number of citation metadata formats has made it difficult to decide on a
good path to take.


Michael McCracken
UCSD CSE PhD Candidate
research: http://www.cse.ucsd.edu/~mmccrack/
misc: http://michael-mccracken.net/blog/
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