[uf-discuss] Microformats and RDFa not as far apart as previously
ejl at eberian.com
Sat Jun 28 09:03:52 PDT 2008
George Brocklehurst wrote:
> Is it worth revisiting Tantek's original suggestion of using the
> object element to represent dates? 
> The idea was to do something like this:
> <object data="20050125">January 25</object>
> From what Tantek said on his blog, the main reason for not using
> objects was that they were not well supported in Safari. However,
> Safari's object support is now much improved: fallbacks are supported
> and display:inline and intrinsic sizing will work correctly. Safari
> 2.0.2, which came out in November 2005, was the first version to
> contain these improvements .
> It might be that there are other reasons for not using <object> that
> I've missed (I'm fairly new to the wonderful world of Microformats)
> and it might be that there's still a significant population of Safari
> users on 2.0.1 or older, but if not this could be a way forward that
> gets around the <abbr> issue.
I'm normally just a lurker here, but no-one has replied, so...
Using the object element seems like a very sensible solution. What are
the blocking issues now that Safari handles it? I've run a few quick
tests and Firefox,Opera, Safari and IE7 seem ok. IE6 won't display the
content, but that may be an issue with my copy of MultipleIE. According
to the Include-pattern page on the wiki (
http://microformats.org/wiki/include-pattern ) this may be due my to
ActiveX being disabled/broken.
The focus seems to have drifted toward smarter parsing of dates, but the
two nice things about the title="somethingmachinereadible" pattern were
that it could potentially be used for other data (not just dates), and
that it was simple enough for us muggles to understand and implement.
> Just a thought,
>  http://tantek.com/log/2005/01.html
>  http://webkit.org/blog/32/webkit-fixes-in-safari-202-mac-os-x-1043/
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