[uf-discuss] Microformat to describe a broadcast

Michael Smethurst Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk
Mon Jan 15 01:55:34 PST 2007

We'll certainly be looking at:
- hCard for programme contact details
- hAtom (which is lovely) for schedule listings
- hReview for album reviews (http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/xmzf/)

Next and previous is tricky
We aim to provide a page per episode (not per broadcast)
Since many episodes are broadcast many times (often across multiple
networks) (eg episode 3 of Torchwood) we couldn't really do next and
previous in schedule terms. If we have the data it would be nice to do
next and previous for a programme brand (eg Torchwood)

Parent is also tricky since an episode can have multiple containing
objects (brand, series, season, network) which don't wrap nicely into
each other

Anyway, I'll keep you informed


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[mailto:microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org] On Behalf Of Andy
Sent: 14 January 2007 17:13
To: Microformats Discuss
Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] Microformat to describe a broadcast

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<C758DF305837284A8DA71883046BC74E01D0FED0 at bbcxue219.national.core.bbc.co
uk>, Michael Smethurst <Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk> writes

>We're currently looking at using the event microformat on the 
>redesigned radio 4 schedule page (and possibly throughout

[For those unfamiliar, the current pages are at:

That's splendid news. Please also consider hCard for contact details,
and hAtom for schedule listings.

>And we're wondering if a network/service (BBC 1, Radio 4, Radio 1 etc) 
>could be described as a "location"

If I enter a radio or TV programme in my diary programme, I use
"location" to note what you call the "network/service".

While not a microformat. you might also consider using "link" headers.
or adding "rel" attributes to existing links, to indicate previous
(rel="prev"), next (rel="next") and parent (rel="up") pages, etc. See:


for examples and please fell free to e-mail me privately if you need
further pointers.

Andy Mabbett


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