[uf-discuss] microformats for normal people, like my mum
andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Thu Jun 28 02:37:11 PDT 2007
In message <5171D083-9DE4-40B8-9A74-8ABC5697A20A at mozilla.com>, Alex
Faaborg <faaborg at mozilla.com> writes
>microformat UI design for Firefox 3
>when the user hovers the mouse over an area of the page that contains
>microformatted content, we will change the cursor to display the
>associated application (or a generic icon if no default has been
>The mouse cursor change will also hopefully apply to file types and
>protocols (mailto:, webcal:, etc.)
Firstly, your URLs aren't wrapping properly, in my mail client., Others'
do. Is there anything you can do to fix that, or perhaps you could also
use TinyURL or similar?
I hope that that behaviour will be user-configurable, so that it can be
switched off if desired (I do think it should be on by default, to raise
>In our designs we avoid showing the user the microformat name, and
>focus on the associated application. Instead of seeing "geo" or "adr"
>the user will only see "Google Earth" (or a generic picture of a globe
>if they haven't chosen an application yet, probably on microformat
That default colour should change, if there's a green/ yellow/ blue
background (for reasons of contrast) or a red background (red-green
colour blindness is the most common type).
>Due to privacy concerns the browser can't expose the user's default
>applications to Web sites, so I think Web developers should be
>encouraged to design based on actions, not data. A green button that
>says "Send to Calendar" is considerably more useable than a green
>button that says "hCal" (actually these are often red for some reason,
Be aware also that WCAG and other accessibility guidelines speak against
using colour alone to convey information.
>Also, I personally think Web designers should be encouraged to use
>images instead of acronyms.
>In addition to being more descriptive, they localize better. Here are
>some I've been showing in various talks:
Those look good, but I'd like to see them at the size at which they will
The "contact" icon is good for a person, but what of the subject is a
group, organisation, or venue? (differentiated by "fn org" instead of
"fn")? A different icon should be used.
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