[uf-discuss] Microformats in Form Fields

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Thu Sep 28 10:07:50 PDT 2006

Hi all,

On Sep 28, 2006, at 4:12 AM, Drew McLellan wrote:

>> What if I was to mark up the form (and fields) with hCard classes?
>> Good idea? Bad idea? I strikes me that it could be useful for auto-
>> complete applications, but not sure if it would ‘pollute’ the web
>> with effectively a useless/empty hCard when the form is published.
> There's various related bits of discussion on this in and around these
> pages:
> http://microformats.org/wiki/rest/

To be precise, it is here:


I'm definitely a fan of uf-marking input forms, as it does allow both  
i) meaningful output, and ii) hypermedia-driven markup.

Though, I am curious how the various parsers out there would/should  
treat empty fields...

-- Ernie P.

On Sep 28, 2006, at 5:05 AM, Brian Suda wrote:
> By giving more structure to Forms you are accomplishing several
> things... the posibility to do some sort of introspection on data
> inputs. This would be a boon to spammers, you are using hForm, now
> they can easily paste their structured spam data into your comments
> fields. (i know using obscure fields names is not security - but it is
> a hurdle to automation). The other cool thing extracting data from a
> form gets you, is to build things like OpenSearchDescriptions, and/or
> other formats. I don't think there is critial mass on the web for
> these sorts of actions because things become so specialised.

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