[uf-discuss] ISO Dates and Durations using Style

Martin McEvoy martin at weborganics.co.uk
Sun Sep 28 06:04:13 PDT 2008

Hello Toby

Toby A Inkster wrote:
> Martin McEvoy wrote:
>> this is a valid solution.
> It is certainly valid in an SGML sense. And it does conform to the 
> HTML spec *if* you set the Content-Style-Type header. However, if you 
> do so, then any use of CSS in style attributes becomes non-conformant.
Sorry my example was a bad one I over simplified it...

the question I am posing is should microformats use their own 
style-sheet language, vendor specific for microformats in order to 
tackle the abbr design pattern issue, vendor specific extensions should 
use this pattern,

'-' + vendor identifier + '-' + meaningful name


which leads me to believe that publishers can do something like this...

<span class="bday" style="-uf-bday:1968-01-04;">4th Jan, 1968</span>

CSS parsers will just ignore the above markup as vendor specific, of 
course It will not validate (because its not CSS), but I believe that 
this is a lesser evil than stuffing the values into @title, a machine 
wont choke on the data it will just ignore it, where as at the moment 
people do choke on the data because it makes little sense to them,  its 
in the wrong place.
> The ability to use CSS in style attributes being very handy, 

I agree..
> I don't think this is a very good solution.
I dont think the current abbr-design-pattern is a very good solution 
either but what choices are there, I just want to fix it and not give 
anyone an excuse not to publish microformats.

Best Wishes

Martin McEvoy

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