[microformats-discuss] Take 2 Re: Definition of "microformat"?
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
drernie at opendarwin.org
Fri Sep 16 09:39:55 PDT 2005
Sigh. Here I go disagreeing with myself again. :-)
After reading Tantek's dissection of RSS (doh! should've done that
sooner), let me amend my definition (Take 2)
that normalize existing tag usage patterns
using brief, descriptive class names
embedded in human-readable (X)HTML document
that provide precise semantics
for a specific problem domain
which enable a decentralized ecosystem
of resources, tools, and services
This attempts to capture the What, Where, How, and Why. Is that
The short version is now less short, but is hopefully more
"simple conventions embedded in HTML that provide semantics which
enable an ecosystem"
Is that appropriate vaguely enough? :-)
-- Ernie P.
On Sep 16, 2005, at 9:18 AM, Dr. Ernie Prabhakar wrote:
> Hi all,
> I can never resist a good etymological workout. :-) Here's my take:
> Microformats are
> terse conventions
> for using existing tags
> and brief, descriptive class names
> that assign precise semantics
> for a single, well-defined problem domain
> within HTML/XHTML/XML documents
> In short, "Microformats are terse conventions that assign precise
> -- Ernie P.
> "Keep things as vague as possible -- but no vaguer"
> (Dr. Ernie's First Law of Marketing)
> On Sep 16, 2005, at 6:22 AM, DuCharme, Bob (LNG-CHO) wrote:
>> Stephen Downes wrote:
>>> "Microformats are descriptions of types of data that can be
>>> in a consistent manner and which can be part of, or embedded in,
>>> larger data elements. When the consistent expression of a
>>> is defined and widely employed, this data may be reliably extracted
>>> from these larger data elements, thus allowing the microformat
>>> data to
>>> assist in the characterization and indexing of the larger data
>> I think the emphasis on embedding microformat data elsewhere for
>> aggregation adds (and explains) a lot. Shouldn't a complete
>> definition of
>> microformats mention the re-use of existing schemas, though? As I
>> it, making up your own elements and attributes is not the typical
>> microformats approach.
>> Otherwise, substituting "RDF" for "Microformats" above would still
>> make your
>> paragraph a true statement!
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