Uche Ogbuji On Microformats : Stop, Click, Read, Understand
by M. David Peterson
Are schema technologies a way to manage the flexibility that XML brings to the table, or just another weapon to put down users ("You don't validate. Go away")? Of course, the way I've posed these questions reveals my bias. I think that XML should be a tool for expressiveness and controlled diversity on the Web. I disagree strongly with the notion, recently expressed in a few quarters, that there are only a few viable XML formats, and that people should stop creating more. At the center of this controversy is the new Web 2.0 hotness: microformats. If you're not already familiar with this phenomenon, first read "What Are Microformats".
Uche was kind enough to allow me a sneak-peak at this article before it hit the XML.com MicroPress. As a result I now see Microformats in a completely different light than I had before, and have changed the focus and direction of how I plan to now include support for Microformats in various projects I have under development. NOTE: If interested, you can monitor the progress of several of these projects at http://dev.extensibleforge.net. Access to the SVN repo is available as well. Visit the previous link for more information.
In regards to truly understanding Microformats, and the importance that XML plays in the here and now, and in the future (in fact, ESCPECIALLY the future) you need to read this article. Very few things could be considered more important...
This is at least the third time these ideas have been proposed in markup. Yawn....
|M. David Peterson