[microformats-discuss] Video Pop-up Link Maker

David Janes -- BlogMatrix davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Wed Oct 12 03:02:36 PDT 2005

Joshua Kinberg wrote:
> This is not the most semantically structured markup in the world, but
> if you simply add rel="enclosure" and a few other attributes to the
> <a> tag, then you've got something like this:
> <a href=[URL of video] title=[title of video] type=[mime-type] rel="enclosure">
> <img src=[URL of thumbnail image] class="thumbnail" />
> </a>

I like this, it makes sense and it's more (in the preceeding paragraph) 
about HTML than microformats. I'm going to make the next upgrade of the 
BlogMatrix software provide this as best as possible. Which brings me to 
(loose thought of the morning) this proposal:

The Microformat Prime Directive: Fully Exploit XHTML -- after that, we 
can talk about microformats.

> Some people embed the videos in their blog posts, but not many do that
> as it requires a greater facility with HTML. Not very many people use
> pop-ups like I've done here as it requires knowledge of javascript in
> addition to HTML, though I believe it makes for a better viewing
> experience on the web, not to mention I'm eliminating the need to make
> a new pop-up window for each video by allowing the video URL to be
> passed in dynamically:
> < http://joshkinberg.com/popupmaker/ >
> Perhaps some of these other elements like Creator, Duration, Date,
> etc... could be handled by wrapping this basic construct above within
> a <div> and including other Microformats inside, like hCard,
> hCalendar, relTag, relLicense, relPayment, etc.

Re: all this stuff -- please see Tantek's comments. Just to clarify this 
for people new to the microformats process, we're more about clarifying 
what people *are doing* and less so about inventing prescriptions for 
what people *should do*.

Of course, if I remember correctly Josh is in a situation where he can 
influence the direction of videobloggers as a collective.

If Josh does go the microformat process road, don't forget that there's 
a lot formalization by smart people done with Yahoo's Media RSS 
extensions [1][2]. Funny, this may be a good example of a place where 
structured blogging is ahead of microformats.

Regards, etc...

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_RSS
[2] http://search.yahoo.com/mrss

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