[uf-discuss] Format-of-Formats?

Breton Slivka zen at zenpsycho.com
Thu Mar 30 16:32:25 PST 2006

This is where you have completely lost me. You are not making it  
particularly clear what problem it is that you actually want to solve.

Here's some more links. I truly believe this problem is much smaller  
than you believe it is.


These are not extremely obscure technologies, they solve the problem,  
the w3c advocates their usage, Blog makers that have any interest in  
standards and the semantic web *will* adopt them sooner or later. So  
will /browsers/, and /search engines/. And if they don't, it's not  
rocket science to write a plugin that makes it work for whatever  
problem you happen to want to solve.

It's very simple, and it's not hidden knowledge on microformats.org.  
If you want to describe a microformat, use xmdp. If you want to do  
something with a microformat, write an xslt. This is the standard,  
this is advocated, and it works today. If you want to help out the  
effort for adoption of these technologies...  adopt them! You don't  
have to go any further than that. If it works, and does something  
sexy, then other people will try and do what you did. Very simple.

On Mar 30, 2006, at 4:33 PM, Joe Reger, Jr. wrote:

>> Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. The w3c.
> Nah... I appreciate your effort.  But the w3c is not forging
> relationships with blogging toolmakers and trying to gain adoption of
> a long tail microformat framework.  But I know that those on this list
> have relationships in place.  This critical piece of Web 2.0 plumbing
> should be in place as soon as possible and that's going to take
> advocacy.  I thought that microformats.org would be interested in
> being the one to define this piece of the puzzle... it seems a natural
> extension.  And microformats.org can accomplish this much more quickly
> than little old Joe Reger can.  If we all generally understand that
> it's going to happen, why aren't we taking the leadership role in
> making it happen?  I know what "microformats are not" but maybe
> microformats.org can embrace a sub-project to make this happen.  We
> don't have to call them microformats... users don't really care what
> they're called... as long as they can spin them up easily and leverage
> the power of the blogosphere.
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