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

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 14:45:18 PDT 2006

>> Yes, there are other tools better suited to solving problems outside the
scope of microformats, 

Can you please point me to those tools?  I'm not aware of any that are

Alternately, do I need to start a MicroDirectives initiative?  :-)


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

On Oct 24, 2006, at 3:41 AM, Mike Schinkel wrote:

> Is there a clear and definitive objective statement that explains the 
> class of problems that microformats are intended to solve?

I've not sure the context of this question, but I think the closest we have
is from the about page [1]:

"Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of
simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards.
Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve
simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns
(e.g. XHTML, blogging)."

> Further, if there is
> such a statement, is there a reason to limit Microformats to only be 
> used to solve that class of problems when they otherwise can solve 
> additional problems?

Yes, there are other tools better suited to solving problems outside the
scope of microformats, and trying to duplicate these efforts is a waste of
time that could be otherwise spent solving previously unsolved problems.
See the "microformats are not" section on the about page [1].  For an
example that that answers the question in the subject of this email, RDF is
a well-established standard for publishing invisible data.

[1] http://microformats.org/about/


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