[uf-discuss] Microformats and Firefox 3

Pelle W mejllistor at kodfabrik.se
Wed Sep 5 07:38:06 PDT 2007

Farndon, Tony wrote:
>> And I'm with Tony (and others) on the protocol approach. 
> I should, however, add that I do have one concern about the protocol
> approach; it does not degrade gracefully. Users of FF2, or IE7 or Safari
> etc will just get a big old unknown protocol error.
> This is easily countered by the designer checking for the navigator with
> js or using <!--[if IE]> and hiding the protocol actions element, but
> this of course requires extra work on their part.
> T.
That issue could perhaps be solved by either browser extensions or 
separate programs with similar roles as feed readers has for RSS.
It would perhaps not be too mad of an idea to have Thunderbird or 
something taking care of the microformats for such browsers since 
Thunderbird and such programs have greater use of the data contained in 
the microformats. Like the hCard into Thunderbirds addressbook and the 
hCalendars into the Lightning extension.

Alex Faaborg wrote a clever mail about this earlier and presented a few 
issues and a few possibilites related to protocols. It was then 
discussed that perhaps there should be one protocl for each microformat? 
That would if so enable different programs to easily take care of 
different microformats.

You'll find Faaborg's mail here (is this the usual way to share an older 
mail on a mailing list or how is more common?):

/ Pelle W

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