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Microformats Zen Garden

A CSS Zen Garden for microformats is essential for popular adoption. Getting something that "looks cool" for "free" should be a key attraction for convincing authors to "steal" microformatted data and cut'n'paste it into their own sites, and for that matter, to reuse style sheets for microformatted data as well.

Developers of microformat-savvy tools would also benefit from common idioms for presenting and editing microformatted data (for example, consider the impact of Apple's Address Book person-layout/edit view on many other Mac applications).

Unlike the original Zen Garden, Javascript may also prove essential to unlocking designers' flexibility: people have expressed interest in hooking hCards to maps, or this example of a renderer for hCalendar grid views.

Interested parties

People who would be willing to spend time on the garden.

  • Robert Bachmann
    • could act as a point person
    • writing the sample document
    • providing styles (but he's not a good designer)


Open questions

  • What license should be used? --Robert Bachmann 10:34, 21 Oct 2005 (PDT)
  • Should the example page contain examples for all microformats or should there be one example page per microformat? --Robert Bachmann 08:57, 24 Oct 2005 (PDT)
    • I think the example pages should mirror real world examples as much as practical. In some cases, microformats will be mixed, and in others they will occur independently, and it would be nice to have an environment in which to test microformat applications on such a diversity of example data. On the other hand, I can see some benefit in keeping it simple to encourage use. --Scott Reynen 12:44, 26 Oct 2005 (CST)

Back end prototype

Coded by Scott Reynen