[uf-discuss] NetNewsWire ditches support for microformats
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Sun Aug 17 11:24:56 PDT 2008
I'm also a long time NNW user, and haven't seen the Microformats UI in
over a year.
On 16 Aug 2008, at 09:41, Chris Messina wrote:
> * Are microformats valuable in client-side applications?
> * Should their presence be made known to end-users? Where there is
> data that can be converted, should an interface be provided to do so?
> * Is adding hcards to address books and hcalendars to calendars really
> the best possible value of adding microformats parsing to an
> application? If not, what other application has demonstrated
> additional, or different, value?
I don't think it takes much argument to say that microformats can and
will be useful in client UI, but the NNW UI specifically was not the
I think there's potential to do far more ambitious UI that used
microformats which would be far more useful to end users and more
inspiring to authors. NNW has a source list down the left hand side
with ‘Latest News’, ‘Flagged Items’ and ‘Clippings’. An ‘Upcoming
Events’ item in there, generated from hCalendar in feeds (and
optionally exposed to iCal as well) would, in my brain-farting mode,
be a far more engaging prospect for users and publishers.
The NNW UI was a great little experiment, but authors need more
substantial ideas to encourage them to publish more. If Newsgator were
saying ‘use hCalendar — it's a standard!’ and link it to some UI in
their software, I think they'd get interest.
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