[uf-discuss] Microformats in Form Fields

Stephen Paul Weber singpolyma at gmail.com
Wed Oct 4 10:18:32 PDT 2006

One thing about this would be that all current parsers would have to
be tweaked to ignore <form> as the root of a data-extraction parseing.

On 10/4/06, Tom Armitage <tom.armitage at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 28/09/06, Drew McLellan <lists at allinthehead.com> wrote:
> > That's the ticket. But you'd need a mixture of name and class to
> > account for everything... e.g.
> >
> > <fieldset class="fn  n">
> >    <input type="text" name="given-name" />
> >    <input type="text" name="family-name" />
> > </fieldset>
> >
> > (obviously incomplete example)
> >
> > drew.
> I'm not sure that name fields are appropriate; whilst they *should* be
> freely renamable, very often, at the back-end integration stage,
> things like this may get changed, or (depending on the system) may be
> unworkable.
> I've been thinking about this a while, and I think that one potential
> way of getting around the "form fields wanting data that is
> microformattable" issue is by making a _minor_ change to the
> microformat spec itself.
> Namely: whilst microformat classes on most elements indicate what the
> element *is*, microformat classes on inputs, selects, and textareas
> within form fields (ie: semantically correct input elements) indicate
> *what the form desires as input*.
> So: an hCard on a div and some lis indicates that I've got a contact
> of some form; a form with class "vcard" and  various suitably classed
> inputs indicates a form that demands a vcard.
> That's it. As a proposla. it obviously requires some refinement, but
> it's easily enforceable in any application (because it's just based
> aronud parsing html) and it keeps the microformatting to the class
> attribute, where it's unlikely to ever be in conflict with any other
> demands.
> Thoughts?
> t.
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