[uf-new] Microformats for hidden data

Scott Reynen scott at makedatamakesense.com
Thu Nov 26 10:33:55 PST 2009

On Nov 26, 2009, at 10:33 AM, Fiann O'Hagan wrote:

> Do you have any real-world examples of RDFa being published?

It seems to me the scarcity of real-world examples is a drawback  
inherent in what you're trying to do, not specific to RDFa.  I'd note  
you also have no real-world examples of your own data being published  
in HTML.  You need to use something like RDFa because you have  
invisible data you want to put in HTML.  RDFa is complex largely  
because it handles invisible data in HTML.  People don't widely use  
RDFa because they find it too complex.

Calling it a "microformat" wouldn't somehow remove the complexity of  
publishing invisible data in a format focused on visible data.  If  
anything, it would just make things more difficult, because the  
microformats community is largely composed of people who have  
intentionally avoided the problem you're trying to solve, many of whom  
believe it to be unsolvable.

Scott Reynen

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