[uf-discuss] Microformats in Google Maps

Farndon, Tony tony.farndon at forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Thu Aug 2 01:31:53 PDT 2007

Hi Alex

Have you tried my Minimap Firefox Addon?? It goes some way to what you
were suggesting, in that it stores addresses/placemarks locally in your
firefox profile, along with the url from where that address/location was
from so that you can geographically browse. All placemarks are displayed
in a sidebar map (optionally a fullscreen 'Map Tab' displays all the
info) and from this sidebar you can open up the placemarks corresponding
url in a new tab.

Although microformats is not in the extension per se, there is an
operator script that sends uf addresses or geo to the placemark list
(why reinvent the wheel having two extensions parse the same page every

For websites not yet uf adr enabled, you just drag and drop the address
text onto the sidebar to add. The extension also supports kml links
including google MyMaps.


Shameless plug over, Tony

-----Original Message-----
From: microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org
[mailto:microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org] On Behalf Of Alex
Sent: 01 August 2007 19:31
To: Microformats Discuss; Kevin Marks
Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] Microformats in Google Maps

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

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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