[uf-discuss] Microformats and forms

Nic James Ferrier nferrier at tapsellferrier.co.uk
Thu Jan 25 06:21:28 PST 2007

Chris Newell <chris.newell at rd.bbc.co.uk> writes:

> At 13:35 25/01/2007, you wrote:
>>> Hi Chris, that's an interesting application idea but I think the idea
>>> behind a microformat is to describe content in the HTML document in a
>>> standardized format (based on common usage elsewhere such as vCard)
>>> rather than store it externally (for use by the browser to populate a
>>> form).
>> I don't think this is the point, Chris wanted to focus on.
>> If there would be a standarized format how to describe form elements
>> it would help developers of extentions, plugins and useragents to
>> automatically prefill it. (Instead of just guessing if its possibly a
>> login-field).
> Right - so as well as being able to use microformats to signal "this
> block of HTML is an hCard" it might be possible to signal "this HTML
> form will accept an hCard".
> I hate to think how many times I've had to enter my details into
> various ecommerce sites!

Partly this is an id thing. openid (http://openid.net) hope to sort
some of these problems out.

Nic Ferrier
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