[uf-discuss] Regarding POSH and misuse of the microformats logo
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Thu May 3 02:02:02 PDT 2007
I've obviously been following the recent push to have POSH adopted as
a buzzword to discourage people from mis-using the term ‘microformat’
in their semantic endeavours.
Now the whole point of this is to differentiate semantic HTML from
microformats, discourage the further ambiguation of the terms. So to
be honest I'm a bit put out by the badges that have been added to
include the microformats logo.
As part of our ‘community mark’ experiment I'd like to object to that
usage of the microformats logo and ask those badges be removed.
Regardless of what anyone thinks of the term, POSH is explicitly
supposed to be a super-set of microformats, a generic term invented
to help protect the microformats name from being generalised. If the
first thing people do — on our own wiki, no less — is tack the
microformats logo to it then it will do absolutely nothing toward
that goal, and with all the current hype will only accelerate the
loss of ‘microformat’ as a name for the Process.
POSH is not a microformat. The documented presence on our wiki is
acceptable as ‘microformat’ mis-use is a common problem for us, but I
object to it being presented as part of ‘microformats’ through
association with the logo. It's just going to cause more confusion.
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