[uf-discuss] hMood/hPresence?

Goix Laurent Walter laurentwalter.goix at telecomitalia.it
Mon Jan 29 04:22:31 PST 2007

Russ, thanks for the pointer!...it seems that ideas fly quite quickly
between Australia and italy ;-)
Your motivations for hMood are namely the same as mine: about semantic
self-expression in blogs [1], improved understanding/readability
(similar to what a smiley could provide...BTW, should we go for a smiley
microformat? ;-)), as well as statistics for example. 
Mood values defined in RFC4480 [2] could be a good starting point...

>From a telco2.0 perspective we're trying to merge as much as we can with
Web2.0 and Microformats are one way of doing it for interfacing to web
content, both for producing and retrieving information.

Mood is widely used in communication systems (IM, Presence, etc) but is
one of the most difficult information to produce/retrieve. Adding such
info to blogs could be an additional source of information to integrate
in Presence, or vice-versa...

Personally i don't restrict Microformats as simple "problem-solvers",
but do envision them as *the* most efficient way of adding semantics to
web content from a practical, yet straightforward manner. 


[1] http://ilps.science.uva.nl/MoodViews/About/
[2] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4480.txt

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Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] hMood/hPresence?

On Jan 26, 2007, at 2:40 AM, Goix Laurent Walter wrote:

> Hi,
> Is there any plan/interest to work on a hMood or hPresence microformat
> that could describe information related to the mood or the activity  
> of a
> person/group? Bloggers typically express their feelings over the  
> web, or
> what they have been doing during the day, so it would be interesting  
> to
> better formalize this information...

How is mood information useful? I can think of some silly examples,  
but I don't really see how knowing what someone's when they wrote a  
particular blog entry would be useful, or what a tool could do with it  
-- remember, microformats are about solving problems.

What *would* be useful would be some way to mark up where you are  
writing a blog entry / news item, etc, from or about. Perhaps hCal has  
the right semantics for this? ("on date X at time Y I was in location  

I'm not sure if there's much existing semantic HTML for this. My guess  
would be that currently people say "I'm writing from MacWorld" and  
then link MacWorld to the event information. Simply embedding an  
hCalendar item discussing the event probably isn't enough -- someone  
could simply be discussing the event.

Anyone else think this would be an interesting area for further  
research of existing examples -- or even better, have done research in  
this area already?

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