[uf-discuss] tagging: not always appropriate

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Fri Nov 24 12:06:13 PST 2006

Some pages on the Wiki suggest tagging as a work-around, especially
where a microformat is thought to be "missing" a property which would be

It should be remembered that some sites do not, or cannot, use tagging,
and in some cases it would be inappropriate to do so.

For instance, if an obituary page like:


were to use an hCard, which has no "deceased" flag or date-of-death
property, it would be disrespectful (not to say confusing to a target
audience likely to be unfamiliar with blogging, tagging and the like) to
have a link to a page third-party page listing other dead people, and
especially one carrying commercial adverts related to death
(Technorati); which suggest that  "funny" is a related tag (Technorati
for "dead"); or to a page with pictures of dead and dying people
(Wikipedia); or simply any page treating death as a technical matter.

Andy Mabbett
                Say "NO!" to compulsory ID Cards:  <http://www.no2id.net/>

                Free Our Data:  <http://www.freeourdata.org.uk>

More information about the microformats-discuss mailing list