[uf-new] hAudio Issue Duration

Guillaume P. Lebleu guillaume at lebleu.org
Mon Aug 4 17:26:14 PDT 2008

On Aug 4, 2008, at 2:28 PM, Brian Suda wrote:

> 2008/8/4, Martin McEvoy <martin at weborganics.co.uk>:
>> A possible resolution is Duration can only be expressed in Minutes  
>> and
>> Seconds  or just Minutes eg:
> --- i think what is being discussed is an optimization rather than an
> encoding. Much like our FN nickname, FN == ORG optimizations, we are
> documenting short-cuts. This does not impact the actual encoding which
> stands true for all possibilities.

I've come to agree with others that "NLP" or "natural language  
formats" (better name IMO) should be avoided as much as possible in  
parsers. On the other hand, NLP or natural language formats could be  
used instead at editing time: NLP could assist content writers in  
microformatting semi-automatically their content at the time of  
writing, and solve the problem of manually microformatting being sort  
of a chore (see What we didn't do in [1]).

I suggest the following alternative to the current abbr/ISO option  
(I'm saying alternative, because it would only be an additional option  
to those who don't want to use the abbr/ISO option, which would still  
be supported):

<span class="duration"><span class="minutes">3</span>:<span  

This approach would also work for datetime, and has already been  

I will document it on the wiki, unless there is a strong pushback for  
a reason I haven't anticipated.

[1] http://www.brucelawson.co.uk/2008/standards-based-corporate-web-development/

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