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Discussion Participants



  • Manu Sporny
  • Danny Ayers
  • Rudy Desjardins


It is useful to understand the relationship between objects on a website. A blogger may want to describe several different objects on a web page and group them explicitly. It is important that the structure of the page not affect this grouping as network relationships are often not hierarchical (HTML is always hierarchical).

Where an object resides in a network of relationships can clarify its purpose. For example, an audio album can have a number of audio tracks. It is desirable that the tracks and the album can be associated with one another without needing to be hierarchically grouped. The same goes for chapters in a DVD movie, sections of a podcast, and a set of geographic points.

Grouping relationships are fundamental to how we understand object interactions. The purpose of this brainstorming session is to create possibilities for a grouping proposal.


Common Terminology for Grouping


Discovered Methodology

Method of Grouping

Ordered Grouping

Unordered Grouping

Sparse Grouping

Dense Grouping

Additional Possibilities

Possible Uses

This section describes potential applications for an audio info microformat.

Transformational Uses

It may be desirable to process an audio blog using a transformational tool, such as XSLT, to produce a different representation that can be used elsewhere - such as in a REST invocation.

Archival Uses

Being able to scrape information from a web page and store it long term may be desirable for search companies.

Personal Database

Search Engines

Partial Text Blogs


See Also