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One of several microformats [[principles]].
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microformats [[reuse]] building blocks from widely adopted standards:
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* [http://tantek.com/presentations/20040928sdforumws/semantic-xhtml.html semantic], [http://tantek.com/presentations/2005/03/elementsofxhtml meaningful (X)HTML], i.e. [[POSH]]. See [[SemanticXHTMLDesignPrinciples]] for more details.
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* existing microformats
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** as a whole, e.g. use [[hcard|hCard]] for representing people
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** in part, reusing particular semantic class names, following [[naming-principles|microformats naming principles]]
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* well established schemas from interoperable RFCs
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In general "doing what already works" (i.e. re-use) is greatly valued over "changing everything and starting from scratch" (i.e. re-invention).
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Thus the burden of proof is always on those who wish to change or modify what already "works" to a great extent today.  One clear instance of this is microformats' re-use of existing implied schemas (based on research of real world [[examples]]) and looking at existing widely interoperable standards as a basis for vocabulary as noted above, rather than inventing new idealistic a priori schemas or inventing new terminology for concepts already named in existing formats.

Revision as of 10:14, 22 November 2007

Reuse

One of several microformats principles.

microformats Reuse building blocks from widely adopted standards:

In general "doing what already works" (i.e. re-use) is greatly valued over "changing everything and starting from scratch" (i.e. re-invention).

Thus the burden of proof is always on those who wish to change or modify what already "works" to a great extent today. One clear instance of this is microformats' re-use of existing implied schemas (based on research of real world Best Practices for Examples Pages) and looking at existing widely interoperable standards as a basis for vocabulary as noted above, rather than inventing new idealistic a priori schemas or inventing new terminology for concepts already named in existing formats.