This is an exploratory page to document various methods used to anotate online conversations both distributed and not. The purpose of the studies on this page is to serve as background for the design of a microformat to anotate distributed conversations on blogs and other online media.
see distributed-conversation-brainstorming for more discussion on this topic.
Author, href and blockquote
<p>His column was picked up all over the web, including by Danny Ayers. He dives into discussion about <a href="http://dannyayers.com/archives/2006/01/10/new-data-languages-harmful/"> how to build an RDF model </a> ,rather than an XML language:
<blockquote> <p> When working with RDF, my current feeling (could be wrong ;-) is that in most cases it’s probably best to initially make up afresh a new representation that matches the domain model as closely as possible(/appropriate). Only then start looking to replacing the new terms with established ones with matching semantics. But don’t see reusing things as more important than getting an (appropriately) accurate model. (Different approaches are likely to be better for different cases, but as a loose guide I think this works.) </p> </blockquote>
Danny Ayers is the author of the pieces being referenced. The href identifies an article the blockquote comes from. "How to build an RDF model" may be considered a short description of the link, however sometimes this text is as short as "writes".
Cite attribute in blockquote or quote
From Les Orcahrd's 0xdecafbad:
<blockquote cite="http://vrypan.net/log/archives/2006/01/19/delicious-as-fedd-manager/">As far as I know, the most popular link managment tool is del.icio.us, a tool I love for its power and simplicity. del.icio.us allow you to export all your links in RSS which is cool. So, I wrote a quick and dirty PHP script that converts this RSS export to an OPML list (see at the end of this post).</blockquote> <p><small style="text-align: right; display: block;"> Source: <a href="http://vrypan.net/log/archives/2006/01/19/delicious-as-fedd-manager/"> vrypan|net|log » del.icio.us as feed manager </a> </small></p>
The cite attribute of the blockquote tag is defined in many standards but is not well supported by browsers and is therefore hidden from the user. This requires the author to repeat its value later, in the form of a link.
A similar example from Ryan King's blog:
Intuitively, we’d expect a group to balance each other out, but <q cite="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risky_shift"> people with relatively moderate viewpoints tend to assume that their groupmates hold more extreme views, and to alter their own views in compensation </q> [<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risky_shift">source</a>]
Another one from Ryan King (hopefully this is from before he discovered Tantek's presentation about markup).
<div class="entry"> <p>From <cite><a href="http://www.skirsch.com/humor/techarg.htm"> Things to say when you are losing a tech argument</a> </cite>:</p> <blockquote><p> 2.That’s been proven to be O(N^2) and we need a solution that’s O(NlogN).<br> 15. Oh, I played with that approach back as an undergrad. Got a D, too.<br> 18.That’s totally inefficient on modern hardware.<br> 26. No, no, no. It’s fairly important that the database be in THIRD NORMAL FORM.<br> 28. I don’t think that’s altogether clear. Please write it up in UML for me.<br> 39.This is all covered in Knuth, and we don’t have time to go over it again.<br> 65.Yes, but we’re standardizing on XML. </p> </blockquote> </div>
Ryan uses the <CITE><A href="source">source name</A></CITE> structure.
href inside blockquote
From Stowe Boyd
<p>Umair Haque is worried that a steady diet of tech.memeorandum is making him stupid:</p> <blockquote> [from <a title="Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab" href="http://www.bubblegeneration.com/2006/01/problems-with-2.cfm"> The Problems with 2.0, pt 34514 </a>] <p> I luv Memeorandum and all it's reconstructor cousins. It's one of the first things of my reading list. It's hugely slashed my search costs in finding new stuff.But there's a problem. Ever since I've started using it to the point where it replaces many of my other sources, I have gotten stupider.I can feel it - I don't think as fast, flexibly, or freely. </p> </blockquote>
The link to the quote's source is embedded inside the BLOCKQUOTE element as part of the text of the quote.