[uf-discuss] Proposal: hArgument Microformat
Costello, Roger L.
costello at mitre.org
Sun May 20 14:37:56 PDT 2007
Michael Crichton says: "The greatest challenge facing mankind is the
challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from
propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to
mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the
disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance."
One of the keys to distinguishing information from disinformation is to
have a clear understanding of the assumptions an author is making.
Typically, it takes a great deal of effort to distill an author's
assumptions. Bring clearly to light the assumptions being made would
go a long way towards facilitating a web of trust.
I propose an hArgument Microformat with two properties:
assumption (repeatable): a statement of what the author assumes to
and upon which his/her conclusion follows. [If it can be
the assumption is false, then the conclusion is invalid]
conclusion (repeatable): a statement that derives from the
Example: below is an example of an argument. The argument can be
immediately discredited because the assumptions can be shown to be
<span class="assumption">Microformats are a disruptive
<span class="assumption">Microformats are attempting to supplant XML
documents with HTML and XHTML documents</span>
<span class="assumption">The main benefit of Microformats is that it
allows graceful degradation</span>
<span class="conclusion">Microformats go too far.</span>
<span class="conclusion">It's almost better to use a more suited
format in such cases</span>
The advantage of this is that there is no need to "guess" what are the
author's assumptions. They are clearly identified.
Use Cases: any web page that tries to convince you of something. The
examples are endless.
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