[uf-new] Proposal: wishlist microformat

Scott Reynen scott at makedatamakesense.com
Sun Apr 1 20:17:33 PDT 2007

On Apr 1, 2007, at 7:33 PM, John wrote:

> Scott Reynen wrote:
>> On Apr 1, 2007, at 6:03 PM, John wrote:
>>> Similar to the Amazon wishlist, a user would be able to list  
>>> things that he wants using this microformat. Can be also thought  
>>> of as an opposite to hlisting.
>>> What do the microformats list members think?
>> A user can already list things that he wants using HTML.  What  
>> would you expect machine parsers to do with this information?  Or,  
>> to quote the process [1]:
>> "Why?
>> There must be a problem to be solved. No problem, no microformat."
> There is a problem.
> Many auction websites have a "wanted" section, where people can  
> post what they want. They usually go unnoticed because they're  
> relatively few and it's very unlikely that someone will have one of  
> the items listed there.

Can you point to some examples of these wanted lists on auction  
websites?  Generally if they're relatively few, they're not  
appropriate for a microformat (which targets the "low-hanging fruit"  
of widely published data), but maybe these lists share semantics with  
some type of information published more widely (e.g. job listings are  
a sort of wanted list).  I'm still not very clear on what we're  
talking about and it would be helpful to see some examples.

Scott Reynen

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