Language Maps [was RE: [uf-discuss] Microformats vs XML]

Steven Livingstone connect at
Mon May 1 11:38:35 PDT 2006

This may start to address it :

Steven Livingstone

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Ryan King <ryan at>
Reply-To: Microformats Discuss <microformats-discuss at>
Date:  Mon, 1 May 2006 11:24:08 -0700

>On May 1, 2006, at 1:33 AM, Joe Andrieu wrote:
>> The current microformat model is certainly better than POX, but I  
>> think it
>> still leaves something to be desired.
>Certainly. Its not perfect, but it works.
>> This approach still requires that
>> everyone uses the Microformats Approved(r) Anglo-biased namespace,  
>> even if
>> they get to add their own term to the class.
>Worse, you have t use the English-based HTML, the English-based CSS,  
>the English-based HTTP and so on.
>Internationalization in protocols and formats is a big problem. Much  
>bigger than microformats. Maybe we'll be able to advance things in  
>microformats, even if only a little.
>I'm curious– has anyone here had experience with Internationalizing a  
>data format or communication protocol?
>> To the extent we can enable other peoples and languages to "own"
>> Microformats and participate as first class citizens, I suggest it  
>> would be
>> a Good Thing(tm).
>I agree. Anything to increase neutrality and accessibility is a Good  
>> Couldn't we allow a mapping of any microformat into any
>> language?  This seems to be a simple solution for both humans and  
>> computers.
>You know, I don't think its really that simple.
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