[microformats-discuss] Microformats, REST, and XML

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Mon Sep 19 12:46:21 PDT 2005

On Sep 19, 2005, at 12:42 PM, Robert Sayre wrote:

> On 9/19/05, Dr. Ernie Prabhakar <drernie at opendarwin.org> wrote:
>> On Sep 19, 2005, at 12:05 PM, Kevin Marks wrote:
>>> If however, you are intending to send the data over a webserver,
>>> using a REST API, then using microformats in XHTML (and in
>>> particular XOXO) has many benefits:
> ...
>> This is more than a theoretical question.   As you know, Mac OS X
>> uses property lists (the moral equivalent of XOXO, at least to first
>> order) for many types of data transport.
> A question: when should one define a microformat in terms of XOXO
> instead of using a normal XHTML list?

My understanding is that, in general, any microformat that needs a  
list item should use XOXO to characterize it.  Don't reinvent the  
wheel and all that. That's what the S5 presentation format does, I  

The only exception I wonder about might be a microformat that only  
needs a specific list (e.g., 'dl', but not 'ol' or 'ul').   In such  
cases, is it better to use XOXO for consistency, or define a special  
format that -only- uses dl to ensure validity?

Or would such a beast be sufficiently strange that it would  
(presumptively) require further analysis before being accepted?

-- Ernie P.

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