[microformats-discuss] Declaring the use of microformats with XHTML

Danny Ayers danny.ayers at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 02:47:13 PDT 2005

On 10/7/05, David Janes -- BlogMatrix <davidjanes at blogmatrix.com> wrote:

> "XHTML pages that use microformats [X] link to the appropriate XMDP profile"
> What should the value of [X] be? In the spirit of RFC language, choose
> from MUST, SHOULD or MAY.

I'd split it into 2 parts:
* XHTML pages that use microformats MUST refer to the URI of the
microformat profile
* there SHOULD be a XMPD representation of the XMPD profile on the Web
at the URI

I would say MUST for the first, as otherwise there's no reliable way
of telling a XHTML page contains microformat data. Scraping is soo Web
1.0 ;-) However an XMPD profile isn't strictly necessary for data
extraction to take place, but is very desirable.




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