[uf-discuss] Microformats UI in Firefox 3

Alex Faaborg faaborg at mozilla.com
Tue Aug 28 02:13:15 PDT 2007

> are you saying that the
> blogger/webmaster is deciding the actions rather than fx3 or an  
> Operator
> like extension.

No, the browser should still act as a mediator between data and  
applications, otherwise people will tie there information to  
particular apps (like what is currently happening with RSS and  
podcasts).  This results in a lot of problems, like a complex UI,  
lock in, content creators having to regularly update their sites, etc.

However, I understand your confusion, the fact that there are  
multiple actions that can be applied to an hCard messes up my example.

What if we agreed on some basic default "application types" (map,  
calendar, address book, etc.), and so the example would then have two  
actions (assuming they both made sense in context):

<div class="user-action-addressBook" style="visibility:hidden">Add to  
Address Book</div>
<div class="user-action-map" style="visibility:hidden">Map</div>

And third party extensions could register additional user actions  
(here is a genetics example):

<div class="user-action-geneSearch" style="visibility:hidden">Look up  


On Aug 28, 2007, at 1:33 AM, Farndon, Tony wrote:

> Not sure I quite understand this (so a good example of a general
> 'blogger' wanting to put uf on their blog/site), are you saying  
> that the
> blogger/webmaster is deciding the actions rather than fx3 or an  
> Operator
> like extension. Using your example code, would I be required to put  
> in a
> multitude of actions at the webpage level:
> <div class="user-action" style="visibility:hidden">Add to Address
> Book</div>
> <div class="user-actionB" style="visibility:hidden">View Address in
> Google Maps</div>
> <div class="user-actionC" style="visibility:hidden">View Address in
> Yahoo Maps</div>
> <div class="user-actionD" style="visibility:hidden">Add to some  
> Address
> Book Website</div>
> Then, along comes another web service/app and I have to go back and  
> add
> another user agent to all my previously marked-up uf
> <div class="user-actionE" style="visibility:hidden">Add to some other
> Address Book Website</div>
> A bad analogy, but is this not slightly akin to target="_blank" which
> imho is wrongly taking the decision of the browser/user away and  
> forcing
> it upon them?
> Tony
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