[uf-discuss] Enumerating Microformats on a Page

Breton Slivka zen at zenpsycho.com
Fri Mar 24 18:58:40 PST 2006

I've only just recently figured out what xmdp's are, and what they're  
capable of.  I notice the structure of your hcard/hreview/hcalendar  
thing is such that you can pick an attribute, and search for bits of  
data which contain that attribute.   Have you attempted to detect and  
parse XMDP's not for validation, but to discover new microformats not  
documented at microformats.org?   Now don't get me wrong, I  
understand the importance of strong standardization, but say someone  
creates a niche format for their own site, and related sites in their  
community with an xmdp,   do you think your aggregator could use that  
xmdp to create new searchable attributes in your search engine?

Sorry this is a bit of a tangent, but the idea of it kind of  
fascinated me.

On Mar 24, 2006, at 5:40 PM, Scott Reynen wrote:

> On Mar 24, 2006, at 4:20 PM, Ryan King wrote:
>> Hmm, this sounds to me like a theoretical argument. I'd like to  
>> hear what experience people have had here. Has anyone here worked  
>> on crawling to index microformats? If so, what challenges did you  
>> face?
> Yes.  The two I know of are reevoo, which aggregates hreviews:
> http://www.reevoo.com/
> and my own effort, which aggregates hcards, hcalendars, and hreviews:
> http://randomchaos.com/microformats/base/
> My main challenges have been a lack of space to store the data  
> (which has nothing to do with microformats) and the the lack of a  
> parser that can read invalid X(HT)ML (which is only an issue  
> because I haven't installed Tidy on my server).  If microformat  
> site maps existed, I would use them as starting points to know  
> where to look, but I wouldn't trust them as any sort of accurate  
> listing of what's on a domain just because I know I would likely  
> forget to update my own if I had one.  So I'd still be reading the  
> same number of documents, just in a different order.
> Peace,
> Scott
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