[uf-discuss] Digg joins DataPortability Project (Microformats mentioned)

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Fri Feb 1 02:22:08 PST 2008

On 1/29/08 6:24 PM, "Manu Sporny" <msporny at digitalbazaar.com> wrote:

> Digg has joined the DataPortability[1] Project:
> http://blog.digg.com/?p=108
>> From the piece:
> "Just this week, we added MicroID, a Microformat that lets you prove to
> other services that you own your Digg user profile."
> Since when was "MicroID" a Microformat? Reading through the spec, it
> does some very non-microformatty things:
> <span class="score
> microid-mailto+http:sha1:ca94387152e8ea62fee73c45c4bae79e54543485">5</span>

Manu you are correct, MicroID is *not* a microformat.  It did not follow the
process, and violates numerous microformats principles.

It can however be described as an attempt to represent some meaning in
semantic HTML (although storing such potentially arbitrary data values in
the class attribute is an anti-pattern).

Thus it is at best a poshformat and I will list it there.


> It's great that they're doing the whole data portability thing, but
> looks like they're not quite sure about the details yet? Anyone know
> anybody at Digg that could shed some light on where they're going with
> all of this?

Previous to the PR about DataPortability, Digg had already implemented a
bunch of microformats support like XFN rel="me".

I expect Digg to continue to implement microformats support independent of
any PR efforts / announcements.



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