[microformats-discuss] Video Pop-up Link Maker

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Wed Oct 12 11:03:53 PDT 2005

On Oct 12, 2005, at 3:02 AM, David Janes -- BlogMatrix wrote:

> 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.

You're exactly right- Tantek covered this in his presenation, http:// 

Also, remember that microformats are really an extension of the  
movement that has been occuring for several years towards semantic  


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