[uf-discuss] Nested Microformats and Operator

Mike Kaply microformats at kaply.com
Mon Aug 27 19:14:21 PDT 2007

I wanted Jason to bring this up on the list because it is an
interesting discussion.

We display lots of stop in Operator (especially in hResume) that can't
actually be used.

hCalendars for experience are interesting, but unuseful as hCalendars.
And hCards for
my employment at a past employer aren't terribly interesting either.

Should there be a way for people to have this information but not make
it available
as a vcard or vevent?


On 8/27/07, Jason Calabrese <mail at jasoncalabrese.com> wrote:
> I've recently started to look into using some microformats on one of my
> projects and have been playing with Operator to get an idea of how they are
> being used elsewhere.
> Operator is a great way to see what microformats are contained on a page, but
> I think it might confuse the average user when a page contains a lot of
> nested data using core microformats such as hCard, adr, hCalendar, etc.
> For example on a LinkedIn public profile:
> http://www.linkedin.com/in/steveganz
> You see 1 hResume, 1 adr, 10 hCard's, and 7 hCalendar's.
> In this case all the hCalendar events are from the experience part of the
> resume.  I don't see any use for adding these to Google Calendar or exporting
> them.  Also 9 of the hCard's wouldn't make sense to export or add to Yahoo
> Contacts since they contain only very basic information.
> An other example is a Google Maps search.  In this case each result produces a
> hCard and contains an adr.  Ideally these would be combined and shown as
> Contacts with addresses. Then each contact could be exported or viewed in
> Google or Yahoo maps.
> Have these types of issues been discussed before?  Is there a way that a user
> script can hide nested data?
> I understand the value of reusing the core microformats and creating composite
> microformats.  I think that in many cases users will want to interact with
> the primary composite format while still preforming actions based on the
> nested content.
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