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

Thom Shannon thom at ts0.com
Thu Jun 28 08:30:28 PDT 2007

Yeah microformats do lots of great and different things, auto tagging 
when someone saves a link is a good example of some useful functionality 
that can just work without any new name. I think hCard and hCal are new, 
this isn't something their web browser hasn't done before, and people 
will want to know why it only works sometimes.

Chris Casciano wrote:
> On Jun 27, 2007, at 8:53 PM, Tara Hunt wrote:
>> Oh and non-experts/non-developers don't talk about data (or content,
>> really), they talk about:
>> addresses
>> photos
>> blog posts (now)
>> videos
>> events
>> reviews
>> resumes
>> etc.
>> SmartData is nice for us, but all of you are still thinking like
>> developers ('cause, duh, you ARE developers!).
>> T
> You're right, they don't talk about "data" they talk about objects, 
> and a wide variety of them at that.
> They don't talk about CSS or Table-less design, or semantic markup, or 
> flashobject embeds
> Microformats do a *lot* of different things, and they're going to do 
> more. I don't think we need a "pretty" outward facing name because 
> frankly there isn't one name that would represent all the things being 
> done, and I think most of the scenarios should be transparent anyway
> Have hAtom in the page? just lump in in with the existing feed 
> handling mechanism
> Have contacts embedded in the page? Well then you'll want the user to 
> "Export Contacts"
> Using XFN? "Check for shared friends?"
> rel-tag? maybe save the tags behind the scenes when the page is 
> bookmarked!
> We don't need to invent a new name just so we can present a web surfer 
> with a dialog that says "Do you want to save this SuperUltraMarkup 
> Event?"
> That's just my dollar and a half
> --[ Chris Casciano ]
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