[uf-discuss] Microformat tools bogosity test

Christopher St John ckstjohn at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 07:47:36 PST 2007

On 3/6/07, Kevin Marks <kevinmarks at mac.com> wrote:
> On Mar 5, 2007, at 3:31 AM, Danny Ayers wrote:
> > Thought this might be useful:
> >
> > http://dannyayers.com/misc/microformats/soupdragon
> http://epeus.blogspot.com/2007/03/hot-news-people-lie.html
> Or, as we say round here, 'not 80%'

The 80% thing has become nearly meaningless. Except if
you translate it into "It's not 80% of my personal use cases,
so you shut up!", which is meaningful but useless.

You don't need to buy into a "strong semantic web" scenario
to appreciate that some people wish to use microformats in a
more formal way. Formality can be useful if you expect your
data to sometimes be processed mechanically with minimal
human intervention and don't want to be misunderstood. It's
not nearly as useful when the data is for immediate presentation
to a human (like screen-scraper browser plugins), but then again
it doesn't hurt those use cases, either.

Having tools and documentation for those cases seems to be
helpful without doing any harm.


Christopher St. John

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