[uf-discuss] Enumerating Microformats on a Page
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Fri Mar 24 12:16:52 PST 2006
People do read Microformat content directly which I understand. It fits
with the "Human First" principle.
But references to the xmdp profiles are in the <head> element which is NOT
human readable. So there is precedent for non-human readable
discoverability mechanism within Microformats.
At Mix06, Tantek pointed out that listing all the xmdp profiles that a site
used on a homepage could get unwieldy.
I suppose if I wanted to help both people and an aggregator find various
Microformats of interest, there could be a microformat for a site index. My
homepage could include it or simply link to it using some other microformat.
Thus for the human, there would be a simple link to follow <a
href="/siteindex/" rel="siteindex">Site Map</a>. Likewise, my aggregator
would look for this if it didn't find the xmdp profile for a sitemap on the
I think this might be useful so aggregators (and users) don't have to crawl
an entire site.
Has there been any work done in this area? Is it a bad idea?
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Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] Enumerating Microformats on a Page
Because feed auto-discovery links are in the content, not the headers
of HTTP responses, aggregators have to download the entire page, and
most aggregators search first for <link type="alternate" ...> tags,
and second for something like <a href="something.rss">RSS</a>. The
link tag makes more sense here because people don't read feeds
directly, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to provide human-readable
<a> links to feeds. But people *do* read microformat content
directly, so if it's related to the current page, it should be linked
from the current page, and any human or machine looking site-wide for
microformat content (or anything else) should follow links throughout
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