[uf-discuss] Currency microformat
mail at ciaranmcnulty.com
Tue Jul 18 07:54:31 PDT 2006
On 7/18/06, Mike Stickel <mike at screenflicker.com> wrote:
>Since there can be a difference between different languages within
> countries I thought it might be a good idea to include that in the
> "currency" definition of the formating, eg., "CAD eng" or "CAD fr".
If you need to specify the language, for instance to indicate how to
interpret the chars/spacing in the number formatting, HTML has the
@lang attribute which covers this (@lang="fr_CA" and @lang="en_CA"
in this case).
However, there's been a lot of close coupling of the concepts of
'language' and 'currency' in this discussion so far and I don't think
that's at all necessary - I should be able to go to a foreign website
that provides an English translation without my user-agent assuming
the prices are in US Dollars, for example.
> So far on the examples sent to the list there has been no definition
> around the actual dollar amount which confused me a bit. I'm curious,
> is there a reason for that?
The only microformat that I've noticed currency units in is hListing,
and that deliberately shies away from parsing the actual values
because it's too free-form in most existing Listing formats.
My own preference would be for something like:
<p class="money">This item costs
Which with similar parsing rules to existing formats would also allow
It'll cost you
<abbr class="currency" title="50.00">fifty</abbr>
<abbr class="amount" title="GBP">quid</abbr>
Or, a more complex example with multiple languages:
<abbr class="currency" title="GBP">£</abbr>
<span lang="fr" class="money">
<abbr class="currency" title="EUR">€</abbr>
(sorry about the bad french)
It'd be pretty neat to have a browser widget that converted all the
USD prices on an American site into their equivalent GBP on mouseover,
or something along those lines.
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