[uf-discuss] Hidden metadata no microformats

Patrick H. Lauke redux at splintered.co.uk
Mon Jul 2 15:20:06 PDT 2007

Scott Reynen wrote:

> Microformats are built around an assumption of visibility, so if a 
> publisher doesn't want something visible, they probably don't want 
> microformats.  It's tempting to argue about the virtues of visibility, 
> but I think it's ultimately a waste of everyone's time.  For those of us 
> who value visible data, there's no shortage already out there waiting to 
> have microformats applied.  And for those of us who value invisible 
> data, there are other formats better suited to that than microformats.

Spare me the high and mighty rhetoric. By your reasoning, sites like 
Flickr, which hide geo data by default from the eyes of normal users, 
are breaking your holy tenets and should therefore not use microformats?

Patrick H. Lauke
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