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microdata didn't happen overnight. Much of the design and simplicity of microdata is based on years of work on microformats principles deliberately designed to help guide and create simpler, more usable and accessible solutions. It happened so quickly because Ian Hickson designed microdata based upon years of work by both the microformats community, and the concept of using reverse-domain-names as unique qualifiers (popularized perhaps by Java programming language naming conventions).
I think there are some very clever ideas in general purpose microdata, it has a lot of potential, and despite being a bit more abstract than microformats, still much simpler/easier to explain to web designers/developers/programmers than any form of RDF.
General microdata may be the right solution to the general purpose data representation problem that microformats specifically chose not to work on.
- Tantek 17:42, 22 August 2009 (UTC)
microformats in microdata
For those that are ok with going with an Microformats in HTML5 only solution, it may be interesting to consider and document a consistent way to use microformats and microformats vocabulary in microdata.