[uf-discuss] Re: Precise Expansion Patterns

Manu Sporny msporny at digitalbazaar.com
Sat Dec 15 11:00:27 PST 2007

Paul Wilkins wrote:
> The hAudio time should be denoted in seconds. If 3:23 is given it's to
> be seen as three minutes and twenty two seconds. If hours are needed
> it should be 1:3:23 (0 prefix optional) to denote 1 hour three minutes
> and twenty two seconds.
> This way the hAudio standard can work without needing to modify the
> text, the abbr pattern isn't required and everybody can go home and
> sleep restfully for the night.

You may sleep restfully with that approach, but I can't imagine that
many others on here would... :)

You are effectively making the argument that we should forget about
using ISO standards, which is one of the microformats principles -
re-use, and replace it with our own.

I can guarantee you that if we take that approach, we'll be having this
same argument with the next ISO standard that gets used by the uF community.

I'm not stating that the solution we have for hAudio at the moment is
ideal, but re-inventing the wheel isn't necessarily the best approach

What was the problem with the SPAN approach, again?

<span class="duration" title="PT3M23S">3:23</span>

- You can set most, if not all, screen readers to not verbalize @title
  in SPAN.
- We're not abusing ABBR.

-- manu

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