[uf-discuss] Microformat Question

Edward Vielmetti edward.vielmetti at gmail.com
Wed Mar 8 20:42:39 PST 2006

If you go back to the golden age of Usenet FAQs,
you can find some very common styles.  One
concrete example is this 1993 one from


Note a few things -
- the index at the front to the sections of the document
- a diff marker in the index to note sections which have changed
- the use of punctuation to indicate which parts of the document are  
- the extensive credits given to contributors (45 listed)
- the specific credits for individual portions of the work, inline
- the use of timestamps to mark the freshness of ever-changing FAQ  

This style of FAQ-writing has largely been abandoned by
the Death of Usenet (film at 11), but in its day it was
incredibly useful.


On Mar 8, 2006, at 8:40 PM, fantasai wrote:

> Paul Kinlan wrote:
>> Hi,
>>  <span class=qa><span class=question>Where does paul kinlan live?</ 
>> span><span class=answer>liverpool</span></span>
> I think <dl><dt><dd> are more appropriate elements for this task.
> A microformat should be designed so that even if you remove all
> the class names, it still makes sense as semantic HTML.
>> Is this a good idea?  Is it worth progressing?  Has it already  
>> been discussed?
> I think so.
> FYI, DocBook has a set of elements devoted to marking up Q&A:
> http://www.docbook.org/tdg/en/html/qandaset.html
> ~fantasai
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