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Microformat Issues

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These are externally raised issues about microformats in general (these issues MUST apply to more than one microformat, which MUST be explicitly listed, otherwise the issue should be raised on the format specific issues page) with broadly varying degrees of merit. Thus some issues are REJECTED for a number of obvious reasons (but still documented here in case they are re-raised), and others contain longer discussions. Some issues may be ACCEPTED and perhaps cause changes or improved explanations in the spec. Submitted issues may (and probably will) be edited and rewritten for better terseness, clarity, calmness, rationality, and as neutral a point of view as possible. Write your issues well. — Tantek

As this is a general microformats issues page, please only note concrete real world issues. Theoretical issues will be deleted, as will any issues raised that do not contain documentation of specific real-world examples that use real-world microformats (not just brainstorms).


Closed Issues

Resolved issues that have no further actions to take. These will likely be moved to a separate page like microformats-issues-closed.

Resolved Issues

Issues that are resolved but may have outstanding to-do items. As issues are resolved, they will be moved from the top of the Issues list to the bottom of this section.

Issues

Format Specific Issues

Please raise format specific issues on the respective page:

Pattern Specific Issues

Please raise pattern specific issues on the respective page:

IP Issues

Legal Entity Issues

2007-03-24 raised by Joe Andrieu, clarified by Rohit Khare on 2007-03-27.

  1. What is the legal entity responsible for operating microformats.org?
    • Rohit Khare originally registered the microformats.com and .org domain names on 2005-01-25 and CommerceNet, LLC, a non-profit 'think tank' with a long history as a neutral sponsor for developing standards for Internet commerce (often, in conjunction with other formal standards bodies). CommerceNet currently underwrites the server hosting costs and, in the past, has co-ordinated donations with other sponsors for events such as the anniversary party, the workshop where the site was launched, and promotional items.
  2. What is the legal entity responsible for the intellectual property on microformats.org?
    • The current microformats copyright statement recognizes that IP is originally vested in the author(s), who are then expected to share those rights with the community by permitting their redistribution on microformats.org's wiki, blog, and mailing list archives. The additional distinction of becoming a specification may come with additional obligations to redistribute IP, such as a formal Creative Commons copyright license and a royalty-free patent license. The community is currently encouraging contibutors to voluntarily adopt a public domain release.
    • Note that CommerceNet, LLC does not exercise any editorial control over the content of the site, mailing list, specifications, or the process, nor does it accept funds on behalf of microformats.org (see the disclaimer). Conversely, the Admins do not have any independent legal identity at present, such as a partnership, foundation, or corporation. Please refer any legal questions or concerns directly to Rohit Khare before raising them as a matter of public record, as discussed on the mailing list [1].

Governance Issues

See: governance-issues

Miscellaneous issues

See also:

    1. What is currently described as a "specification" on hCard and hCalendar is no such thing.
    2. Andy, what would it take to turn it into a "specification"?--JoeAndrieu 15:13, 24 Mar 2007 (PDT)
    3. [Belated response; only just seen the question!] - for a start, removal of user commentary; versioning. Andy Mabbett 02:37, 14 Jan 2008 (PST)

New Issues

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Consider using this format (copy and paste this to the end of the list to add your issues; replace ~~~ with an external link if preferred) to report issues or feedback, so that issues can show up in hAtom subscriptions of this issues page. If open issues lack this markup, please add it.

Please post one issue per entry, to make them easier to manage. Avoid combining multiple issues into single reports, as this can confuse or muddle feedback, and puts a burden of separating the discrete issues onto someone else who 1. may not have the time, and 2. may not understand the issue in the same way as the original reporter.

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* <strong class="entry-title">«Short title of issue»</strong>. «Description of Issue»
** Follow-up comment #1
** Follow-up comment #2
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