[uf-discuss] Geo microformat doubt

Toby A Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Mon May 5 02:28:55 PDT 2008

Ana Belén Ramón wrote:

> Is this microformat right?
> <a href="#" class="geo" title="42.3;-1.96667">Madrid, Spain</a>

No — the title attribute is only used for <abbr>. There are  
alternative proposals to use the title attribute for other elements,  
but most parsers do not support those yet.

Usage of the <abbr> pattern should "work", although it is terrible  

   <a href="#">
     <abbr class="geo" title="42.3;-1.96667">Madrid, Spain</abbr>

Because "Madrid, Spain" really isn't an abbreviation for  
"42.3;-1.96667". If you use value excerpting you might be able to  
come up with something a bit more acceptable semantically:

   <a href="#" class="geo">
     Madrid, Spain
     <abbr class="value" title="42.3;-1.96667"></abbr>

As it happens, Cognition <http://buzzword.org.uk/cognition/> will  
successfully parse your first, non-standard geo, because as a last  
ditch attempt at parsing a geo, it will simply look for two semi- 
colon or comma delimited numbers anywhere in the HTML code (including  
href attributes, comments, whatever!), but that is an extension of  
the geo spec — it's not a standard part of it.

Toby A Inkster
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