[uf-discuss] Microformats gets strong showing in Firefox 3 UI

Pelle W mejllistor at kodfabrik.se
Tue Jun 5 13:24:53 PDT 2007

On 6/5/07, Montgomery, Mike <MMontgomery at terpsys.com> wrote:
> I like the idea of an icon that is activated when microformat content is
> available as mentioned by Paul.  It would provide an immediate visual
> cue that information is available without direct user interaction such
> as having to hover of content or right-clicking.  It would also provide
> a way to indicate information that may be hidden on the page.  I picture
> it being similar to the RSS feed icon.  Maybe it is something that also
> appears in the address bar.
I also agree with Mike, Paul and others here. I read that someone raised 
the question about keyboard navigation and the only real solution to 
that problem I think would be to lift microformats out of the actual 
webpage and into the the browser UI.

Mike Kaply wrote:
> I'm considering experimenting with putting a microformats icon on the
> URL bar similar to the RSS icon, but that would be Operator only. The
> Firefox folks specifically don't want to clutter up that bar.
That would be the absolutely best solution - I hope that the Operator 
will show the Firefox crew that Microformats isn't clitter.

Mike Kaply wrote:
> The basic problem with Firefox is that they don't want to clutter the UI
> with something that might not be used a lot (this is a statement about
> all microformats in the UI)
What they referrer to here is whether the users will actually use the 
microformats and not if the developers will support it - right? Because 
if the developers don't support it it won't clutter the UI - only if the 
users don't use it it becomes clutter.
I personally think that microformats support would be more popular than 
RSS-support. The latter has only been adopted by some people and have a 
bit of a learning curve - a microformat almost doesn't have a learning 
curve because it is information in a way we've all already worked with.

I personally would say that what would clutter Firefox is when it 
intrudes into my webpage. What wouldn't clutter Firefox is a friendly 
notification of the presence of some hidden data.

/ Pelle

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