[uf-discuss] Enumerating Microformats on a Page

Dimitri Glazkov dimitri.glazkov at gmail.com
Fri Mar 24 12:44:04 PST 2006

Are you guys talking about something like this, except in HTML?



On 3/24/06, Phil Haack <haacked at gmail.com> wrote:
> People do read Microformat content directly which I understand.  It fits
> with the "Human First" principle.
> But references to the xmdp profiles are in the <head> element which is NOT
> human readable.  So there is precedent for non-human readable
> discoverability mechanism within Microformats.
> At Mix06, Tantek pointed out that listing all the xmdp profiles that a site
> used on a homepage could get unwieldy.
> I suppose if I wanted to help both people and an aggregator find various
> Microformats of interest, there could be a microformat for a site index.  My
> homepage could include it or simply link to it using some other microformat.
> Thus for the human, there would be a simple link to follow <a
> href="/siteindex/" rel="siteindex">Site Map</a>.  Likewise, my aggregator
> would look for this if it didn't find the xmdp profile for a sitemap on the
> current page.
> I think this might be useful so aggregators (and users) don't have to crawl
> an entire site.
> Has there been any work done in this area? Is it a bad idea?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org
> [mailto:microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org] On Behalf Of Scott
> Reynen
> Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 11:50 AM
> To: Microformats Discuss
> Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] Enumerating Microformats on a Page
> Because feed auto-discovery links are in the content, not the headers
> of HTTP responses, aggregators have to download the entire page, and
> most aggregators search first for <link type="alternate" ...> tags,
> and second for something like <a href="something.rss">RSS</a>.  The
> link tag makes more sense here because people don't read feeds
> directly, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to provide human-readable
> <a> links to feeds.  But people *do* read microformat content
> directly, so if it's related to the current page, it should be linked
> from the current page, and any human or machine looking site-wide for
> microformat content (or anything else) should follow links throughout
> the site.
> Peace,
> Scott
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