[uf-discuss] Project microformat: pre-research heads-up (consider doing "to-do" microformat first)

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Wed Jun 28 22:01:33 PDT 2006

FYI, ToDo X can be found here:


And I really like the idea of ToDo items contained in hAtom posts --
that can be assigned to hCards... or, put another way, the way
SproutIt handles assignments with email (similar to this:
http://www.nomicro.com/Products/M2TX/index.html) is a very exciting

Imagine a widget that creates a vToDo payload that you send via email
to an account that records all your tasks based on the recipient email
(which is how GooToDo works). Wow. A complete microformats task
management workflow.


On 6/28/06, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
> Danny,
> This definitely sounds like a very useful effort.  Anecdotally I've heard
> many requests for some way of microformatting project tasks etc.
> My only word of caution is this: please consider solving the simpler problem
> of just "to do lists" before solving the larger / more compound problem of
> "projects" (with dependencies, priorities etc.).
> Definitely do the research on all the web2.0ish to do apps etc., but also
> count examples like 43things, and individuals blogs where they list the
> things they are working on.
> My intuition says that VTODO from iCalendar RFC2445 may be the best bet here
> as far as reusing existing standards go.  It even has a "priority" field,
> and the ability to connect "related" to do items.
> Good luck, and looking forward to seeing progress on a "to-do" microformat.
> Thanks,
> Tantek
> On 6/28/06 12:24 PM, "Danny Ayers" <danny.ayers at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Some time in the next few weeks I'm planning on revisiting the RDF/OWL
> > vocabulary [1] I started for use with projects (any projects) ages
> > ago. What I personally want out of this is a way of dealing with
> > priorities and dependencies between to-do items, let the  computer
> > tell me what I should work on next for maximum efficiency.
> >
> > But this time around it seems to make sense to make use of
> > microformats as well, so I can do project docs in HTML, let GRDDL suck
> > out the data. For the microformat side I will be following The
> > Process. I think quite a lot of the terms in hCalendar should be
> > reusable  (I  should also strip a lot of the terms I've currently got
> > on the RDF side too, when I've played with data in this stuff I've
> > hardly used any of them).
> >
> > I did a fair bit of research last time around, but since then all the
> > online Web 2.0ish ToDo list apps have appeared. Basically I need to go
> > back to surveying. So any pointers (on or off list) would be very much
> > appreciated. I think a hProject could be very useful, but I need the
> > prior art to prove it...
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Danny.
> >
> > [1] http://purl.org/stuff/project/
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