[uf-discuss] NetNewsWire ditches support for microformats

André Luís andr3.pt at gmail.com
Sun Aug 17 06:08:52 PDT 2008

IMHO, what this highlights is the need to push adoption of plugins
that make it easier to publish microformatted html in blog posts and

A few of us who write posts by hand, have no problem sprinkling
microformats in our posts, but to become common place, we need to have
the mainstream bloggers using this... and this calls for widgets that
help publishing microformats.


André Luís

On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM, MichaelMD <mdagn at spraci.com> wrote:
>> http://microformats.org/discuss/mail/microformats-discuss/2007-June/009777.html
>> But now, turns out that future versions of NNW will no longer support
>> microformat detection:
>> http://microformatique.com/?p=266
>> http://inessential.com/?comments=1&postid=3514
>> Judging from discussions around this decision (on a private mailing
>> list), there seems to be little real value from this feature in
>> NetNewsWire, a very popular feed reader for the Mac.
>> On the one hand, it's hard to argue with the detractors who point out
>> that there's actually little microformatted content in feeds (NNW only
>> detects hcalendar and hcard -- the most widely deployed microformats)
>> and that even when such content shows up, adding hcards to your
>> address book, or clicking the Add to Calendar button provided by NNW
>> is hardly beneficial when feeds that have an iCal equivalent either
>> tack it on as an enclosure or link off to a remotely hosted .ics
>> file... basically making the embedded hcalendar redundant (though
>> arguably still best practice).
> but removing it? ...
> how about giving the users a choice of whether to use this feature?
> btw I've seen a lot more hCalendar items in RSS feeds than I have seen
> iCal links in enclosures.
> I don't think having to fetch another file for each event just to get
> the date of the event is a good solution!
> ... and what if someone wants to mark up the city/country where the
> event is happening? ... in hCalendar it can be done by using
> hCard/adr/geo inside "location" but can anything like that be done in
> iCal?
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