[uf-discuss] microformats for normal people, like my mum

Pelle W mejllistor at kodfabrik.se
Thu Jun 28 03:56:19 PDT 2007

Alex Faaborg skrev:
>> Therefore, uFs don't need a user-facing name - their
>> applications do.
> If Operator and Firefox 3 are in a category of uF enabled 
> applications, what should that category of applications be called?  Or 
> another way of putting it:
> Feed Readers :: RSS
> ______ :: microformats
I would say that Microformat = XML and therefor you say that "this reads 
microformats" as much as you can say "this reads XML".
What you can say is that "this reads RSS" or "this reads XHTML" or "this 
reads some other cool XML-namespace" and the same is true for 
microformats - you can say that "this reads hCards", that "this reads 
hCalendars" etc.

NetNewsWire 3 reads hCards and hCalendars for example.

 But I kind of understand you because Firefox 3 and Operator are 
supposed to read with plugins and as such can read anything there's a 
plugin for, but it shouldn't replicate "feed readers" but rather 
something above "feed readers" which perhaps also includes them.

Wouldn't "metadata-enabled browser" be one possible description? All 
microformats that someones mum would be interested in would contain some 
kind of metadata - wouldn't it? Another description could be 
"semantically enabled browsing". Both those description should include 
RSS and other similar XML-namespaces containing metadata/semantics 
relevant to the browser.

/ Pelle

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