[uf-discuss] what is a microformat?
scott at randomchaos.com
Sun May 6 07:59:55 PDT 2007
On May 6, 2007, at 9:32 AM, Keith Alexander wrote:
>> Indeed, there are already microformats, such as "nofollow", which we
>> recognise as such, but which do not appear to have followed that
> Given that, I'd perhaps redefine a 'Microformat' as an HTML
> convention (can something like 'nofollow' be called a 'data
> format'?) endorsed by the Microformats community.
(I've never much liked rel-nofollow, so I'm largely biased when I say
this:) I think it would be a mistake to redefine microformats such
that rel-nofollow doesn't stand out. The open issues in rel-nofollow
 strongly suggest it's not really a microformat at all. The
issues are, basically: 1) the semantics are wrong, 2) the name is
wrong, 3) it doesn't solve a real problem, and 4) it creates new
problems. I'd say that makes it almost the antithesis of a microformat.
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