[uf-new] Currency brainstorming

Chris Newell chris.newell at rd.bbc.co.uk
Fri Oct 5 07:38:03 PDT 2007

At 14:52 05/10/2007, you wrote:
>Andy Mabbett wrote:
>> I've posted a new "money" microformat straw-man on th wiki:
>>         <http://microformats.org/wiki/currency-brainstorming#Straw_man>
>> comments and suggested amendments welcome!
>Andy, I really like the new hmoney proposal. There is only one issue
>that I can see:
>The example uses the following markup:
><abbr class="currency" title="USD95M">$95 million</abbr>
>however, the following markup possibilities are proposed:
>    * [currency-code][number]
>    * [currency-code][space][number]
>    * [number][currency-code]
>    * [number]space[currency-code]
>This causes a problem with the above example when using the
>[number][currency-code] markup. Take the example of Macedonian Dollars
>(MKD) and the Kyat (MMK). If we wanted to mark up 50 million Macedonian
>Dollars, we would do the following:
><abbr class="currency" title="95MMKD">95 million</abbr>
>However, is this 95 MMK? or is it 95 million MKD? You could make the
>parser a bit smarter and attempt to divine what the publisher meant, but
>why are we allowing this markup in the first place?
>This is one example of where too many options might confuse
>publishers... can't we just use one simple markup that is easy for
>publishers to understand:

If we applied a similar restriction to the "measure" strawman proposal e.g.


I would withdraw my concerns about the potential parsing problems.

>I would also argue that we shouldn't even have K, M, B, or T - the full
>number should be used.



Chris Newell
Lead Technologist 
BBC Research

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