[uf-discuss] hoard.it

Guillaume Lebleu guillaume at lebleu.org
Mon Jul 7 22:45:08 PDT 2008

Jim O'Donnell wrote:
> The recent discussion here about dates has made me wonder if such a 
> web service woud be useful for microformats parsers. What do others 
> think?
It seems to me that this type of date extraction might present risks if 
used by uf parsers to extract date/time from published content (and lead 
to the "people showing up on the wrong date" error mentioned in earlier 

On the other hand, it might be great at the time content is authored, to 
convert ambiguous natural language dates into unambiguous microformats, 
as a way to reduce the pain of micro-formatting content (especially it 
can detect dates in plain text rather than parsing something it knows is 
a date). Authors could confirm the generated microformats before 
publishing in a way similar to how Yahoo! shortcuts Wordpress plugin 
works [1]


[1] http://lebleu.org/blog/2008/02/09/trying-out-yahoo-shortcuts/

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