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See the [[Main_Page|main page]] for a list of current microformats specifications, drafts, and discussions.
See the [[Main_Page|main page]] for a list of current microformats specifications, drafts, and discussions.
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== more thoughts on how microformats are different ==
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There are plenty of existing formats that are *nearly* totally useless/ignored
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They're not *totally* useless though. They're useful to see what at least somebody thought might be useful, which unfortunately is typically a lone-inventor working a-priori without any domain expertise.
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Or there is the other extreme. Lots of corporate inventors working with plenty of experience, over-designing a format for what *might* be needed some day.
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So we try to combat all of those problems with the microformat approach.
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* We're not lone-inventors, we're a [http://microformats.org/discuss/ community].
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* We don't work a-priori, we require documentation of existing examples, previous attempts at formats. See [[process]].
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* When lacking domain expertise, we seek out the domain experts to provide it.
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* We're a mix of corporate, independent, hobbyist, enthusiast.
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* We don't over-design.  We under-design, deliberately, and then only add things when they are absolutely necessary.
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Some ask what the purpose of the (intented) standards is.
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Why do you need purpose? More often than not, premature focus on purpose tends to distort data formats towards a particular application which may not be all that relevant. Hence rather than focus on a-priori purpose, we focus on modeling existing behavior, with the knowledge that additional structure will yield plenty of interesting uses, most of which we will not be able to a-priori predict.
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This is obviously a very different approach than traditional data format efforts.

Revision as of 21:39, 24 September 2005

Contents

microformats

What are microformats?

microformats are:

microformats are not:

the microformats principles

current microformats

See the main page for a list of current microformats specifications, drafts, and discussions.

more thoughts on how microformats are different

There are plenty of existing formats that are *nearly* totally useless/ignored

They're not *totally* useless though. They're useful to see what at least somebody thought might be useful, which unfortunately is typically a lone-inventor working a-priori without any domain expertise.

Or there is the other extreme. Lots of corporate inventors working with plenty of experience, over-designing a format for what *might* be needed some day.

So we try to combat all of those problems with the microformat approach.

Some ask what the purpose of the (intented) standards is.

Why do you need purpose? More often than not, premature focus on purpose tends to distort data formats towards a particular application which may not be all that relevant. Hence rather than focus on a-priori purpose, we focus on modeling existing behavior, with the knowledge that additional structure will yield plenty of interesting uses, most of which we will not be able to a-priori predict.

This is obviously a very different approach than traditional data format efforts.

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