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

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Thu Jun 29 12:18:30 PDT 2006

I like where this is going...

I've proposed email primarily as a publishing gateway that most folks
are both familiar with and have access to -- and has precedent with

Besides that, you can map the subject and body to the title and
description of a todo item, so you could use an email message as a
substitute for kind of webform. It just seems to be really useful in
this workflow and something that is worth considering when you do your


On 6/29/06, Michael Leikam <leikam at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- Chris Messina <chris.messina at gmail.com> wrote:
> > FYI, ToDo X can be found here:
> >
> > http://www.nomicro.com/Products/ToDo/index.html
> >
> > 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
> > idea...
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > Chris
> >
> One of the things I'm very interested in is the idea of a
> task list built from distributed sources that doesn't need
> any particular "reader" site/software.  In other words, an
> open and distributed task/todo format.  I haven't looked
> far into the "2.0" apps yet, but I haven't seen this.
> What benefit does email as a communication medium have over
> ping/search?  Your widget could just as well ping an
> "hToDo" aggregator with new tasks and query it (or several
> aggregators) to find out about to-do items for you.
> As I see it, the transactional nature is key.  In the
> person-to-person world, tasks are defined, assignments to
> people are proposed and accepted or rejected or the details
> are negotiated. And then there's status information that
> changes over time, all of which would need to be tracked.
> Have microformats been defnied for transactions?
> The way many to-do list implementations seem to work is on
> the assumption that resource delegation is top-down and
> that there is one definition of a task that is authored by
> one person at a time.  How does it look for collaborative
> projects?  Can I define a proposed task for you and publish
> it on my blog?  Can you redefine "it" by publishing a page
> on your site?
> Good stuff...
> -ml
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