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

Colin Barrett timber at lava.net
Tue Jun 5 23:13:45 PDT 2007

On Jun 5, 2007, at 10:57 PM, Paul Wilkins wrote:

> Strictly speaking it isn't MMN because navigation itself isn't  
> involved. The problems surrounding the cursor change though are  
> identical. If it is the only mechanism to find microformat content,  
> it won't be found until someone chances across it if they notice it  
> changing when it crosses such content.

I was thinking about this, and I wonder -- how did people learn the  
behavior that you can click on a blue, underlined piece of text? Think  
about a pre-web world where nobody knew what hypertext was. People  
needed to figure out somehow that you could click on links to make  
them activate.

Enter, the hand cursor. If you think about it, it tells you nothing  
about what's actually going to happen when you click -- instead, it  
looks like someone about to click the mouse, so I suppose it's  
inviting for people to mimic the gesture? This still doesn't answer  
the question of how people would discover this. My guess is that  
people scan the page with their mouse as they read. I know I do that  
sometimes. Anyone have actual evidence?

Perhaps we don't need to worry about discoverability of microformats  
further than just changing the cursor, after all.


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