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Operating Hours

This page documents an effort to determine a simple, open, and semantic format for marking up the operating hours of stores, restaurants, museums, offices, and other estabishments that have set hours and are open on a regular basis. This is based on the hCalendar microformat.

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Introduction

This effort came about as a result of the need for a human and machine readable markup format that can be used to define the operating hours of establishments.

Stores, businesses, etc. often provide their operating hours on their websites. With the addition of a small bit of markup, they would be able to discuss their operating hours on their websites in such a way that spiders and other aggregators can retrieve such hours, automatically convert them to the iCalendar format, and use this data in any iCalendar application or service.

This document proposes the introduction of a format which is a close subset of the hCalendar microformat, and thus the iCalendar standard, in semantic XHTML. Organizations and businesses can both embed their operating hours directly in their web pages and style them with CSS to make them appear as desired. In addition, this format would enable applications to retrieve such data directly from web pages without having to reference a separate file.

Brainstorming

There are several main components to this listing:

Using RRULE in hCalendar

<h1>Pardon the Interruption</h1>
<p class="vevent">
  <a class="url uid summary"
href="http://sports.espn.go.com/...">Pardon the Interruption</a>
  is a <span class="category">TV</span> <span
class="category">sports</span> show.
  <abbr class="dtstart" title="2001-10-22">It airs</abbr>
  <span class="rrule">
        <span class="freq">weekly</span>
    <abbr class="byday" title="mo,tu,we,th,fr">Monday to
Friday</abbr> at <abbr class="byhour" title="5">5:30pm</abbr>
  </span>

  <!-- timezones should be avoided -->
  <abbr class="tzid" title="US-Eastern">ET</abbr> on ESPN.

  The hosts of the show are longtime friends
  <span class="hcard">
      <span class="fn n">
          <span class="given-name">Tony</span>
          <span class="family-name">Kornheiser</span>
      </span>
  </span>
  and ... (hCard for Michael Wilbon not shown)
  <span class="description">They discuss - and frequently argue over
- the top stories of the
  day in "sports... and other stuff".</span>
</p>

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