[uf-discuss] directions Microformat
not_a_weirdo_just_strange at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Mar 29 08:56:07 PST 2006
Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on the discussion started on
the Bill Gates "We Need Microformats" blogpost:
Regrading the structure of a directions microformat, what are your
thoughts on using what basically amounts to a tweaked XOXO with custom
classes as described here:
Or a self contained hCalendar as described here:
the former suggestion is a lot less code to deal with, both in terms of
creation and app parsing.
On the other hand, hCalendar already as pretty much everything you'd
want to make a directions microformat. Putting geo into the location
section allows for the directions to be displayed on most modern mapping
services, dtstart and dtend allow the end user/app to know how long the
journey will take, and how long it takes to get from each waypoint to
I think it make sense of course to use class="directions" to define a
block of code as being directions.
I'm proposing rel="map" in links to indicate that a link represents a
map- either a static image, or something grabbed from the "Link to this
page" function of Google Maps.
I'm proposing class="via" on location data specified by the end user as
points the route must pass through explicitly- should the directions
code be passed into multiple mapping services or used to figure out
alternate routes etc.
I'm also proposing class="pickup" inside a class="via" waypoint on an
hCard or hListing block of code that'd be used to say pick up person X
from point A and object Y from point B etc.
I'm going to stop myself from describing the practical applications of
my suggestions till some actually asks.
Don't want to give you too much to read :-P
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