[uf-discuss] More Microformats Browser UI

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 18:29:47 PDT 2006

Heh, yeah, that was the design that I was going to use in Flock except
that Tantek disuaded me from using it because you'll never be able to
keep up with all the microformats!

Maybe in the prefs you could turn on and off detection of different
formats... starting with hCard and hCalendar on by default?

That said, this is not a long-term interface solution. For example,
when you look at a Word document, you don't see "image detection"
icons or "table detection" icons. We need to move beyond exposing that
which *should* be marked up semantically to creating deeper interface

For example, in Camino, when I right click on an email address, it
asks "Add to Address Book?" We need to be thinking more along the
lines of contextual behaviors for specific data types. Like right
clicking on an event: "Add to Google Calendar"; an hCard "Send email,
read blog, view photos"... etc.

That's not to poo-poo your idea at all. It's where I started. But
detection isn't what's cool -- nor is importing to *someplace else*.
It's how we can improve the user experience in the context in which
they find themselves -- without transporting them someplace else so
that they have to figure out how to get back to where they were!

So, here's a challenge: what kind of solutions can we come up with
that are single click only?


On 6/21/06, Ben Ward <lists at ben-ward.co.uk> wrote:
> Chris Messina wrote:
>  > Beautiful:
>  >
> http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/a-proposal-for-a-safari-microformats-plugin
>  >
> Well, I saw Jon's post it this morning let out an involuntary
> cry/laugh/choke kind of reaction. I demo'd a terrifyingly similar
> concept to Tantek on Saturday post- at media (whilst stealing his nachos,
> naturally). It's my bad for not posting weeks ago of course, but… wow.
> Similarity is proof of a good idea I hope.
> With thanks to Jon for the unintended kick up the arse to finish my
> write-up, I've finally published my interpretation of what is really a
> very similar idea: http://ben-ward.co.uk/journal/microformats-ui/
> It's under a Creative Commons Attr+SA license, but as it says in the
> post if you want to implement it and can't meet the SA part for
> commercial reasons I'll happily relicense. The intention is just to
> encourage public evolution of the ideas.
> Regards,
> Ben
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