[uf-discuss] Announcing poshformats.org

Toby Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Sat Apr 4 11:09:13 PST 2009

Occasionally proposals are floated here, or on uf-new, or the Wiki, or
IRC channel, which are too obscure to ever end up as a microformat. Most
are destined to never get the buy-in from tool (parsers, authoring
tools) writers that will make them useful.

When these ideas come up, people are often told "this isn't appropriate
for microformats.org" but aren't given an alternative suggestion. That's
where poshformats.org comes in!

poshformats.org is intended to be a counterpart to microformats.org. It
borrows many of the Microformats community's principles:

   * use of plain old semantic HTML;
   * community development via mail, IRC and Wiki;
   * public domain requirement

but it is intended to be appropriate for small groups, solo projects and
rapid development.

This is NOT intended to split the Microformats community. I anticipate
a large overlap between users of microformats.org and poshformats.org.
Rather it is intended as a development area for people to be able to
work on ideas not appropriate for microformats.org without them being
branded as "it must be an official microformat because it's on

I invite people from the Microformats Community to visit
poshformats.org, and if they like the idea, sign up to the Wiki and
mailing list. There's also a logged #poshformats channel on
irc.freenode.net, and a project on Google Code for sharing posh-related

I'm also invite people to volunteer to become an administrator.
Administrators should have experience implementing solutions with
microformats and semantic HTML. To volunteer, sign up to the Wiki and
add the following to your user page:
"[[Category:Administrator_Volunteer]]" (without the quotes).

Thanks for reading.

Toby Inkster <mail at tobyinkster.co.uk>

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