[uf-discuss] Puzzled about the value of XOXO

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Thu Feb 8 11:51:44 PST 2007

Hi Roger,

The point of XOXO is that you can trivially encode arrays and  
dictionaries in straight HTML.  In particular, you can use it as an  
alternative to, e.g., JSON, for generic data structures:


Somebody's even written a whole blog about such uses:


Sure, the fact that something is a list may seem like a trivial  
semantic to you, but it is quite powerful in the right context.

Hope this helps,
-- Ernie P.

On Feb 8, 2007, at 11:41 AM, Costello, Roger L. wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> I have read the Wiki on XOXO and as I understand it, the XOXO
> microformat has no properties, it is simply a classname to be used at
> the top of a list, e.g.,
> <ul class="XOXO">
>     <li>...</li>
>     <li>...</li>
>     <li>...</li>
> </ul>
> Question #1
> Is that all there is to the XOXO microformat?
> I am puzzled how the XOXO microformat helps enrich the semantics of  
> the
> list.  After all, the "ul" indicates it's a list.  The XOXO doesn't  
> add
> any new information.
> Question #2
> What is the value of XOXO?
> /Roger
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