[uf-discuss] one citation microformat use case

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Sun Feb 12 15:10:01 PST 2006

On Feb 10, 2006, at 7:25 PM, Michael McCracken wrote:

> 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.

hAtom + a citation format would seem reasonable for this.  
Alternatively, you could do something with XOXO and a citation  

> 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.

Hopefully, with a microformat we can provide some common ground for  
citation formats.

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