[microformats-discuss] media/enclosure microformat

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Fri Sep 23 10:57:02 PDT 2005

On Sep 20, 2005, at 1:29 AM, Joshua Kinberg wrote:

> Looked over some of the stuff on the wiki re: media microformats and
> also rel-enclosure.
> This page has a great comparison:
> < http://microformats.org/wiki/media-metadata-examples >

Yeah, that page has had a lot of work put into it.

> I'd like to get the ball rolling and propose something...


> noticing the
> way most people seem to be using MRSS, there seems to be a simple core
> usage that isn't much different than an enclosure as <media:content>
> (sometimes multiple with <media:group>) with a thumbnail image
> (optional). All other metadata seems to be rarely used at best.
> So, with a bent towards simplicity... here's a proposal for a
> media/enclosure microformat that gets us most of the way there...
> apologies if something like this exists already and I haven't
> discovered it yet:
> <ul class="enclosure">
> <li><a href="http://path/to/file.mov" type="video/quicktime" title="my
> awesome movie" rel="enclosure"><img src="http://path/to/thumbnail.jpg"
> height="300" width="300" /></a></li>
> <li>....multiple enclosures can go here.... </li>
> </ul>

Interesting proposal. I'm not there's any need for the <ul  
class="enclosure"> construct. Why can't <a rel="enclosure" ...>  
elements stand on their own?

> This satisfies most of the basic needs. You can have multiple
> enclosures and set a thumbnail image. You can also include titles for
> media items and define the mime-type using basic HTML attributes
> within the <a> tag.
> Other microformat building blocks could be mixed in if you wanted to
> get more complex... stuff like relTag for categories, relLicense,
> hCard or XFN to credit specifc roles, etc... you could even include
> Duration using a method similar to hCalendar, like this:
> <abbr class="duration" title="00:27:35">27 minutes, 35 seconds</abbr>
> above Duration example is added to comparison table:
> < http://microformats.org/wiki/media-metadata- 
> examples#Comparison_Table >
> Just fishing for some advice/suggestions... I know this has been
> discussed before, and I may be behind the conversation a little.


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