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Ainsi vous voulez développer un nouveau microformat ?


Pourquoi ?

Il doit y avoir un problème à résoudre. Pas de problème, pas de microformat.

Une fois que vous avez trouvé votre 'problème', demandez-vous : 'y'a t'il un problème plus simple ici ?' Si oui, résolvez d'abord ce problème. Nous voulons traiter en premier les problèmes les plus simples et ce n'est qu'ensuite que nous élaborons des solutions pour résoudre des problèmes plus complexes.

Egalement, cherchez sur le web. Il y a des chances pour que quelqu'un d'autre ait rencontré le même problème que vous. Si vous croyez encore que votre problème n'a pas été résolu, postez quelque chose sur la liste de discussion microformats-discuss ou tout autre canal public (voir Nous voulons engager toutes les parties intéressées dans la discussion. Commencez la discussion AVANT de commencer à créer quelques pages que ce soient sur le wiki. Nous n'utilisons pas le wiki comme un carnet de brouillon global. Si vous ne pouvez pas résumer le problème que vous essayez de résoudre dans un court email, et que vous sentez que vous aurez besoin d'écrire un long document, vous essayez probablement de résoudre un problème trop gros - voir le paragraphe précédent.

Documentez le Comportement Actuel

Documentez le comportement humain actuel. Souvenez vous, nous pavons les chemins des vaches- avant de faire ça, vous devez trouver les chemins des vaches. Vos exemples devraient être une collection de vrais sites du monde et des pages qui sont en train de publier le type de données que vous souhaiter structurer avec un microformat. A partir de ces pages et de ces sites, vous devriez extraire des exemples de syntaxes et les schémas impliqués dedans, et fournir une analyse.

Cette collection d'exemples devrait être publique, de préférence sur un wiki parce qu'il n'y a pas moyen que vous puissiez le faire par vous-même (peu importe qui vous êtes). La page reviews-formats est un bon exemple de recherche effectuée avant la création d'un microformat. Avant de développer hreview, les collaborateurs sont sortis, ont documenté les pratiques actuelles autour des critiques sur les sites web et ont fourni quelques analyses et des schémas tacites.

Il est tout à fait possible durant cette étape que vous puissiez trouver quelqu'un d'autre qui a traité le problème que vous chercher à résoudre. Peut-être l'a t'il résolu. Faites de votre mieux pour ouvrir un dialogue avec les autres qui ont rencontré le même problème. Nous ne voulons pas construire de murs entre les communautés concurrentes - nous voulons que les personnes travaillent ensemble pour développer une bonne solution qui couvrira la majorité des cas.

Proposez un Microformat

En fait, NE LE FAITES PAS !!!

Il y a d'autres choses à essayer avant de développer un microformat. Posez-vous d'abord trois questions :

  1. Y'a t'il un élément standard en XHTML qui fonctionnerait ?
  2. Y'a t'il un composé d'éléments XHTML qui fonctionnerait ?
  3. Ok, si les réponse aux deux questions du dessus sont 'non', nous pouvons parler d'un microformat.

Pour plus de détails sur le XHTML sémantique, des exemples d'utilisation des éléments XHTML et construire des composés XHTML, voir The Elements of Meaningful XHTML.

D'abord vous devriez observer les les principes des microformats.

After you understand the principes, ask yourself: "are there any well established, interoperably implemented standards we can look at which address this problem?" For example, hCard and hCalendar were built on top of the IETF standards for vCard and iCal, respectively, both of which are widely interoperably implemented. The developers of those standards had already spent many years in standards committees arguing about and developing the schemas. Better to leverage all the hard work that others have done before you, than to go off as a solo cowboy inventor, and waste time repeating all their mistakes. It's also much easier to start from a well established schema, and map into into XHTML than to develop a new schema.

Remember, microformats should be designed for humans first and machines second. Here are few questions that may help you decide if you really need a microformat for the problem you are trying to solve:

  1. If I looked at this microformat in a browser that didn't support CSS or had CSS turned off, would it still be human-readable?
  2. Are this format's elements stylable with CSS?

If the proposed format doesn't pass these two things, it's not likely to gain much acceptance. Remember: humans first, machines second.


After proposing a microformat, you'll likely get a lot of feedback from others interested in microformats. The proposal needs to be iterated and adapted. Microformat development should be collaborative and community-based.

Here's an ASCII-art flow diagram:

problem statement---->research/discussion---->proposal/draft---->standard
^________________V   ^___________________V   ^______________V

Note that each stage involves iteration. That iteration consists of discussion and feedback and may result in major changes. Do not be afraid to make major changes and please don't get too attached to any particular solutions.

Pages à considérer pour la création

A pattern has emerged from successful microformat development efforts of several specific kinds of wiki pages being created, in a particular order (though not always).

After a specific problem area (*) has been determined (principle 1), consider creating and filling out the following pages for it. If you're unable to come up with material for the pages, then you should probably reconsider whether or not the problem is worth (or ready for) solving.

  1. *-examples. Find examples on today's web of the the type of content you think needs a microformat. Document them with URLs. Document the implicit schemas that the content examples imply. This is the action that helps follow principle 3, design for humans first, machines second ... adapt to current behaviors and usage patterns.
  2. *-formats. Find widely adopted interoperable current data formats and standards that attempt to or have attempted to solve the problem previously. Document their explicit schemas. This is necessary prerequisite for following through with principle 4, "reuse building blocks from widely adopted standards".
  3. *-brainstorming. Use the current real-world web examples and their implicit schemas to determine an 80/20 as-simple-as-possible (principle 2) generic schema to represent their data. Yes, this means you will explicitly omit some features of some use cases, or perhaps entire use cases which are more edge-cases than representative of larger, aggregate/macro behaviors. See which existing microformats can be reused as building blocks (principle 5, modularity). Use those existing data formats and schemas as a source of names for the fields (principle 4). Consider how would you embed this microformat in other formats (also principle 5, embeddability). With an 80/20 schema, and a source of field names, write up one or more straw proposals for a microformat. Make sure the straw proposals encourage the decentralized distribution of data (principle 6). At this point, you may want to also consider a naming section, where various names for the microformat can be considered.
  4. **. When it seems like there is some amount of consensus around one of the straw proposals for a microformat(**), write it up as a separate wiki page as a draft specification.
  5. **-faq. There will likely be common questions about the new microformat which can/should be answered in an FAQ page.
  6. **-issues. Folks may also raise issues about the microformat which aren't immediately addressable. An issues document helps serves to capture these issues, who raised them, and when, so that folks working on the microformat can be sure to go through and thoroughly answer them.
  7. **-implementations. Eventually there may be too many implementations of a microformat to document them in an informative section at the end of the specification, thus the list deserves its own page.

Avancer d'Etape en Etape

These stages of development are mirrored on the main page where microformats are divided into "Exploratory Discussions", "Drafts", and "Specifications". How do microformats move from one stage to the other? To help answer this question, it's probably useful to write up a set of desiderata for each stage.

Discussions Exploratoires

You need a problem, and you need to attempt to state it. You should do it on this wiki using current items under exploratory discussion as a guide. Then send a note to the microformats-discuss list to get the attention of others who are interested in microformats. This is probably a good chance to pull in people from outside the current microformats community who may also be experiencing the same issue.

Feedback will probably range the gamut. Others may challenge your problem statement, the need for a microformat, concur, or add. All constructive feedback is good.

As a result of feedback, you may decide to abort your microformat idea or substantially modify it. One thing you want to be sure to do at this stage is to avoid reinventing the wheel. Are there elemental microformats you can reuse as building blocks? Doing this will save you effort and help you get implemented later because implementers will have less work to do.

However, do not be cowed from moving forward just because some people object. If you can find a group of people you respect who feel your idea has merit and, perhaps most importantly, are willing to continue working with you on getting it in shape, proceed.


Here, you need to write what is essentially a specification, but with the idea that it could change a lot. Again, this needs to go in the wiki, and you should send a note to microformats-discuss to alert people that something new has happened. Don't hesitate to continue trying to pull in feedback from relevant resources outside the community. Drafts need to include at least the following:


You will usually need at least one iteration to get past the draft stage. By the time something becomes a specification, it should be stable so that developers can pick it up and write to it. This in turn implies that there are at least a couple of implementations.

Before moving to the specifications section, drop a note to microformats-discuss and wait a day or two for major objections. If none are forthcoming, move the microformat to the specifications area. This move will wake up any sleeping editors, and they may raise an objection and move you back to draft. If you have followed the process, now is the time to pin them down. At this juncture, any remaining issues should be easy to resolve.

Autres Documents


What about other types of pages on the wiki, like "patterns" (e.g. include-pattern)?

How do those get created?

The short explanation is this:

The patterns are not formats at all. They do not stand on their own. They are merely documentation of pieces of other formats that are expected to (or are) being reused by other formats. The real world examples for includes in particular were documented in the context of resume-examples, resume-formats, and resume-brainstorming (as noted at the very top of the document) "Initially developed as part of resume-brainstorming..." Later, real world examples for reviews were found to need the include pattern as well.

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