[uf-discuss] Re: Precise Expansion Patterns
bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Sun Dec 16 15:21:46 PST 2007
Michael MD wrote:
> I'm a bit concerned that if important machine readable data is completely
> hidden, people will forget to update it when they update the page.
> I thought that is one of the reasons title was chosen in the first place.
> (showing it on hover in many browsers would act as a reminder for authors to
> update it)
There are some drawbacks with using TITLE as a solution to the
1. It turns the author's maintenance problem into everyone else's
usability problem, and potentially some people's accessibility problem.
2. If people are updating a page and forget to update machine-readable
data, it hardly seems likely that they would remember to hunt for and
hover over each bit of data. In fact that seems rather more error-prone
than just looking for such hidden data in the source.
3. Even if they do check via hovers, human-hostile data is hard for
humans to read. That means it is also hard for humans to check.
Would it not be a better solution to build tools that display the hidden
data for all microformats on a page at the click of a single button?
This would include the following advantages:
1. Only the author would have to deal with it.
2. There's only one button to remember.
3. The hidden data can be revealed in a human-friendly format (e.g. the
precise date time in the local date time format for that author) or
flagged as an error if unparseable.
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