[microformats-discuss] comments please: draft-sayre-atompub-xhtml-micro-00

Robert Sayre sayrer at gmail.com
Sun Sep 4 14:34:26 PDT 2005

On 9/4/05, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> wrote: 
> Robert, I took a quick look at the document, and perhaps I'm missing
> something.
> The whole "category" concept as described appears overkill, and not
> representative of current content/behavior on the web.

I think perhaps the purpose isn't clear enough in the draft, see below.

> Do you expect people this complex category construct instead of simpler
> things that already work and are broadly interoperably implemented, e.g.
> rel-tag?

On the wiki, I read "rel='tag' is specifically designed for 'tagging'
content, typically web pages (or portions thereof, like blog posts)."

That's not the intended purpose of my draft. I'm trying to come up
with a machine-readable and editable version of what you see in a
blog-admin screen, like in wordpress's "categories" side-bar or the
categories screen in MT. This is needed in apps like MarsEdit, ecto,
etc ("get a list of the user's categories"). So, the hCat stuff
attempts to solve that one tiny little problem for Atom Protocol

Basically, I came up with a restricted XOXO-type thing, combined with
form parameters. The fields reflect what's in the Atom Format, which
is (for better or worse) a little more complex than your typcial
"tagging" scenario, but also allows that as a minimum.

Make more sense? If there's a way to reuse or join forces with other
microformats, that would be great.

Robert Sayre

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