[uf-discuss] hidden microformats

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Wed Sep 27 15:56:10 PDT 2006

HI Paolo,

In general "hidden" microformats are frowned upon, as they cause all  
sorts of problems.   Could you give an example of the types of  
"hidden" information you want/need to provide?

-- Ernie P.

On Sep 27, 2006, at 2:56 PM, Paolo Negri wrote:

> Hi there
> This is my first post here, sorry if I'm not posting in the right  
> place.
> I'm adding uformats support in my application and I have to say I'm
> quite intrigued but I'm facing with 3 problems
> 1) Sometime I have to change the code of my pages in places where I
> would prefer to have a more clean structure.
> 2) Sometime I would like to to the uformats on my pages information
> that I have in my application but that are not rendered in the current
> page, and adding/hiding these information in the original structure to
> complete the rendered information, make my page really dirty.
> 3) In some cases I would like to add a uformat containing informations
> that are not present at all on the page but that are deeply connected
> with the context of the page.
> Now, what I was thinking is to add in the footer of my pages a sort of
> container (let's say a div) with all  the microformats that I want to
> provide to my end user. Basicly this div will be not visible because
> of style setting , it will be just available for parsing purpouse.
> What I'm wondering is if this approach makes any sense since
> microformats are more oriented to give semantic/parsability to the
> visible content. I was thinking as an alternative to provide the
> possibility to download directly the vcard or whatever, but I still
> would preferer microformats since they sounds for me a bit more
> discoverable than a link to the vcard or to the final object.
> One last question that I have is about the screen reader for impaired
> user. Is there already a standard/proposal to signal that a section of
> the page is dedicated to microformats, or maybe I should just use
> something to avoid the processing of the container by the screen
> reader.
> That's all, thank you for the attention.
> Paolo
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