[uf-discuss] [Zen of Microformats] Two Fundamental Principles of Information Design

Ara Pehlivanian ara.pehlivanian at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 08:30:01 PST 2007

On 3/8/07, Scott Reynen <scott at randomchaos.com> wrote:
> On Mar 8, 2007, at 9:04 AM, Ara Pehlivanian wrote:
> > Very clearly articulated. Kudos. I think that the only thing that
> > might be missing there (and maybe I'm just stating the obvious) is the
> > need to express which convention you're applying when using the class
> > value "family-name", i.e. Microformats. That way there won't be any
> > confusion in situations when for example, a product manufacturer
> > releases a list of their products "by family" and marks up their
> > content with the class "family-name", which isn't intended as a
> > Microformat and could be confused by a consuming agent. Perhaps a
> > namespace/schema is required to round off your example.
> >
> > What say you?
> In the HTML examples, we're currently using (or recommending anyway)
> profile URIs for such disambiguation [1], as namespaces are
> "considered harmful" [2].  The XML examples may require namespaces,
> but that's generally outside the scope of microformats, which are
> written specifically for use in (X)HTML [3].  If you're interested in
> such disambiguation, I'd encourage you to get involved in the ongoing
> thread on the subject, unfortunately titled "Microformat tools
> bogosity test."
> [1] http://microformats.org/wiki/profile-uris
> [2] http://microformats.org/wiki/namespaces-considered-harmful
> [3] http://microformats.org/about/
> Peace,
> Scott
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Thanks for the info, I have been tracking the "bogosity test" thread.
I'll read up on the info you referenced and I'll start contributing.


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