[uf-new] hAudio Issue Duration

Martin McEvoy martin at weborganics.co.uk
Mon Aug 4 06:52:29 PDT 2008

The hAudio Duration issue has only really been raised on the list by 
Andy Mabbet and Ben Ward,

basicaly this sucks!

<abbr class="duration" title="PT3M23S">3 minutes 23 seconds</abbr>



1, the obvious abbr abuse, which is shameful for a new microformat and I 
wont go into here

2, Its not human friendly, Its difficult for a human to understand

3, SoundCloud  http://soundcloud.com/ which is a fantastic application 
with lots of audio were going to roll out haudio in a big way seemed to 
drop haudio support when I expained the haudio duration format to them, 
I guess they didn't want all that garbage in peoples faces :-(

There are (in my view) only three real ways to resolve this issue

1,  Drop haudio duration support only unlil the abbr design pattern 
issue is resolved.

2  Wait unlil HTML5 is published and use the <time></time> element.

3 Support NLP  (Natural Language Processing)  <span class="duration">3 
minutes 23 seconds</span>.

I personally am in favour of number 3 as I believe it is not too 
difficult to build a parser that will process just durations (hours 
minutes  seconds) as long as there is an agreed format.


Martin McEvoy

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