[uf-discuss] Addressing bits of information
scott at randomchaos.com
Thu May 25 10:46:59 PDT 2006
On May 25, 2006, at 12:20 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:
> There is already an easy solution that works for publishers (ID).
> Inventing a more complex solution will not result in more adoption.
My understanding of "HyperScope" would accomplish a bit more than ID
attributes could. While a standard means of combining something like
XPATH with URIs would be a more complicated addressing scheme, it
would allow more complicated addressing (e.g. I want every vcard on a
page not part of an address tag, or the first paragraph within any
entry-content), and it would require no additional action by
publishers. I think it would probably be closer to XSLT than ID. It
wouldn't directly affect adoption at all, but as someone who likes to
play with microformat parsers when I have time, I'd have more time
for such play if I could reliably delegate the extraction of the
content I want to another tool with a single, if complex, URI.
Maybe that's a pipe dream, but it's one that would result in more
microformat-consuming applications, which would mean more adoption.
The easiest way to explain to a publisher why they want to be using
microformats is to point to all the tools microformats allow them to
interact with, so I don't think parsers and publishers can really be
separated in any discussion of adoption. Encouraging either one
encourages the other.
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