[uf-discuss] Visible Data...a Microformat requirement?

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Mon Oct 23 00:34:09 PDT 2006

In message <C161AC3B.7E2F2%tantek at cs.stanford.edu>, Tantek Çelik
<tantek at cs.stanford.edu> writes

>Rarely is metadata actually metadata.
>It is most often simply properties of the information which are still
>relevant to the user and thus should be visible.
>If it is not worth or appropriate to make the information visible, then
>it is not worth trusting the information and certainly not worth the
>time to make a microformat for it.

Those  are interesting opinions, but you appear to believe that people
should treat them as irrefutable facts.

>Note that in addition to visible text, visibility can be in
>in the CSS used to style something with a particular attribute (e.g.

CSS is not meant to provide information, just presentation. The
information should not be lost to the user, just because CSS are not
available to them.

Andy Mabbett
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