[uf-discuss] Re: [microformats-discuss] Fiction books microformats

brian suda brian.suda at gmail.com
Mon Oct 31 12:04:44 PST 2005

I have been working on the citation format[1]. I'll admin it has been
slow, partly do to my lack-of-time and partly due to
lack-of-interest/help. The idea behind the format is to be used for
citations, so at the end of a book/paper/article/etc when you reference
other books you could use the citation microformat. The advantage to
this microformat is that many of the same properties can describe "that
object" as well as "this object". So there is a solid ground work for
self-describing a fiction book.

If there is interest we can start the wheels moving forward again. I
have alot of notes and ideas (and plenty of reading and research) that
haven't been put up on the wiki yet.

[1] - http://microformats.com/wiki/cite


Julian Bond wrote:

> Dr. Ernie Prabhakar <drernie at opendarwin.org> Tue, 4 Oct 2005 09:21:00
>>> Do anybody cultivate XHTML-microformat for fiction books on web?
>> I don't know if there's enough examples to make for a genre, or
>> 'fiction' is a meaningful-enough category.
> I've just become interested in this while thinking about what the RSS
> feed from reader2.com ought to look like. I pictured embedding a
> microformat that described a book in the item.description field.
> title : xxx
> author : yyy
> isbn : 999
> amazon url : http://aaa
> amazon thumbnail : http://bbb
> etc etc
> So I started looking for a microformat for describing books and
> couldn't find one. And shortly after, I started thinking about similar
> problems with music, and then arbitrary SKUs and ASINs. There's
> clearly a problem here that book is quite well defined, music (track,
> album, MP3 ID tag) rather less so, and a Hello Kitty iPod sock hardly
> at all.

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