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

Tantek Ç elik tantek at
Mon May 1 15:03:19 PDT 2006


This is an excellent description of the larger problem (that goes far
beyond, and is perhaps independent of microformats).

I'd say this is worthy of an FAQ entry, as I can see this question being
raised again (I believe Karl himself raised it some time ago before).



On 5/1/06 11:24 AM, "Ryan King" <ryan at> wrote:

> 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
> Thing.
>> 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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