[uf-discuss] Product Data Microformat
dierken at gmail.com
Sat Mar 4 21:10:25 PST 2006
If the goal is to automate distributing production information, then
XML is sufficient. I thought a 'microformat' was meant to be an
overlay on narrative text - like a highlighter with a color dedicated
to 'product info'. I could be wrong - who knows the purpose of
microformats as compared to simply using XML?
There are several book related formats - UIEE for example (but that
isn't XML)  - and there is UBL for 'business documents'  but I
don't know if they have a 'product' format.
> About the need for a UPI: While it's true that it's important to identify a
> product uniquely, once you've specified the part number and/or the
> description as well as the manufacturer's name you've uniquely ID'd the
> part, since it's rare that a manufacturer duplicates its own part names or
Well, not everything has a manufacturer, the manufacturer's name isn't
necessarily unique, manufacturers do actually re-use and have
duplicate part numbers. And the same product can have a UPC, EAN,
manufacturer and part number - anyone could use any of these to
reference the product. Then you get into issues of similarity, like
after-market manufacturers of 'compatible' or 'equivalent' products -
wouldn't it be nice to know those relationships?
Anyway, something that mostly works is infinitely better than not
having a system at all.
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