[uf-discuss] Microformats in Google Maps

Alex Faaborg faaborg at mozilla.com
Wed Aug 1 11:30:39 PDT 2007

This is great, I'm really glad to see Google using microformats.

Quick question about handing microformatted content back to Google  
Maps (using Operator, Firefox 3, etc): does your API support  
currently sending multiple items, and adding them to a particular map  
listed in My Maps?

For instance, this would enable the user to select multiple hCards on  
a Web site and send them all to one of their maps.  Or, to give a  
more advanced use case: a Web browser could automatically send all  
encountered hCards, adrs and geos to a map called "Web History."  The  
user could then turn this map on to view all of the pieces of  
information they recently encountered online geographically.  This  
could be useful when planning a vacation, searching for real estate  
across multiple Web sites, etc.


On Jul 31, 2007, at 3:37 PM, Kevin Marks wrote:

> http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/2007/06/microformats-in-google- 
> maps.html
> Microformats in Google Maps
> Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 4:28:00 PM
> Posted by Gregor J. Rothfuss, Maps Team and Kevin Marks, Apps Team
> If you have spent any time in certain corners of the web, you will
> have heard of Microformats: Clever uses of HTML that add
> machine-readability to everyday web pages while preserving
> human-readability. Microformats allow tools to make more sense of your
> web pages, while not changing the visual appearance for visitors to
> your site one whit.
> Today we're happy to announce that we are adding support for the hCard
> microformat to Google Maps results. Why should you care about some
> invisible changes to our HTML? By marking up our results with the
> hCard microformat, your browser can easily recognize the address and
> contact information in the page, and help you transfer it to an
> addressbook or phone more easily. Firefox users can install the
> Operator or Tails extension; IE or Safari users can use one of these
> bookmarklets. [...]
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