[microformats-discuss] Re: Educationg Others

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Mon Oct 3 15:20:52 PDT 2005

On Oct 3, 2005, at 3:00 PM, Mark Pilgrim wrote:
> On 10/3/05, Kevin Lawver <kevin at lawver.net> wrote:
>> I think the original question is a good one, and one that maybe is
>> lacking in examples on the wiki: Are there "successful" examples of
>> machines parsing, and getting something meaningful, out of the  
>> existing
>> microformats?
> I'm writing Greasemonkey scripts to parse all the known microformats.
> I have two done already:
> http://diveintomark.org/projects/greasemonkey/hcard/
> http://diveintomark.org/projects/greasemonkey/rellicense/
> hCalendar is next.  I've already done XFN parsing too, which is part
> of Magic Line:
> http://diveintomark.org/projects/greasemonkey/magicline.user.js
> Eventually all of these will come together in a super-script that
> parses all available data in every page you ever browse, and publishes
> it to your own private Atom Store via the Atom API.  (This part is
> already written as well, though unreleased.)
> Imagine having your own private database of every person you've ever
> stumbled across online, and being able to download their vCards into
> your address book.  And every event, which you can download into
> iCal/Sunbird/Outlook.  Plus a list of all the Creative
> Commons-licensed content you've ever read, which you can repurpose --
> legally, according to the terms of the license.
> Now imagine searching such a database.  And subscribing to your search
> results as a syndicated feed.
> It's coming.  Within weeks, not years.  All the data is out there;
> people are publishing this stuff anyway.  If they publish it just 1%
> better (with appropriate microformatting), I can get 1000% more out of
> it.
> Or do you just use your browser to browse?  That's so 20th century.

Mark Pilgrim is my hero.

Ryan King
ryan at technorati.com

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