Posts with keyword: microformats


Technometria Podcast No. 100: Elias Torres and Ben Adida on RDFa

Today I published the 100th Technometria podcast on IT Conversations. The show was a conversation with Elias Torres and Ben Adida about RDFa. I learned about RDFa from Elias and Ben when we were in Beijing for WWW2007 last April. The idea is simple: RDF is nice but requires people write metadata separate from the content it describes. Why not embed that semantic information inside the HTML as attributes? This is a pretty cool idea--complimentary to the idea of microformats, I think--that just might make the semantic web palatable enough that it actually happens. Bonus: Here's an RDFa Primer
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TwitterCards: Grabbing Contact Data from Twitter with Microformats

This morning @dberlind and @kevinmarks were tweeting about microformats in Twitter. David was positing something he called the "TwitterCard." Kevin points out that unbeknownest to me, and I suspect almost everyone else, Twitter supports the hCard microformat. If you'd like to make use of them, you need a client that supports microformats. Fortunately for Firefox users, Mike Kaply has an addon that does just that called Operator. Simply install operator, go to a Twitter page and use the handy pulldown menus under the toolbar to export any hCard data as a vCard. The OS X picked
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Introduction to Microformats

Jack Herrington has put up a great introductory article on microformats at IBM's Developer Center. If you're wondered what microformats are and how they work, this is a good one to read.
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An Update to the Microid Plugin for MovableType

Tim Appnel was kind enough to apply his formidable MovableType expertise to my MicroID plugin and made some significant improvements: There is no longer a need for an explicit context argument to the tag. The code senses the right context using MovableType voodoo (looks at the stash). There is no longer a dependency on Digest::SHA1. Apparently MT 3.0 and above has SHA1 code built in (see MT::Util->perl_sha1_digest_hex();) Other things like a localized error message and making the tag work in a recent comments loop. I've updated the documentation and you can download the new version there. Thanks Tim!
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Yahoo! Local Adopts Microformats

Dan Farber has some great coverage of Supernova at Between the Lines. We'll have talks from Supernova at IT Conversations later--I'm looking forward to it. This post on microformats talk about Yahoo! Local announcing that they are supporting microformats to give structure to their listings. Very good.
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Using Live Clipboard

Steve Farrell sent me an example of using Ray Ozzie's Live Clipboard. Ray's talk from ETech 2006 went up last week at IT Conversations--it's worth listening to so you understand what Ray's doing. Steve is a proponent of microtemplates. The Web site says that the "goal of microtemplates is to make it as easy to publish dynamic information as it is to publish static information." They're complementary to microformats, one of the staples of Ray's Live Clipboard. I'm just learning about microtemplates, but they seem like a great way to avoid long chunks of JavaScript that do nothing but
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LDDI: Microformats for SOA Registries

My student, Tom Warne, has been working on a project we call LDDI for the last 9 months or so. LDDI is short for Lightweight Description, Discovery, and Integration. LDDI is briefly described in the short paper LDDI: Microformats for SOA Registries. LDDI Usage Scenario(click to enlarge) LDDI uses microformats and HTTP to achieve a usable registry service for SOA. The idea is quite simple, but also fairly powerful since it makes a human readable Web site into a machine readable registry service. Because it's based on XHTML and HTTP, it is browser and search engine friendly. Tom has
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Microformats (ETech 2006)

Tantek Celik or Technorati and crew are doing a microformats talk. He says that microformats are more than just good class names. There are principles that keep things "micro," process that emphasized getting real, and community that minimizes duplicates. Here's the process: Pick a specific, simple problem and define it Research and document current web publishing behavior document existing formats in the problem area brainstorm with implied schema and reuse names iterate within the community Rohit Khare takes the mic to talk about work he's doing on microsearch for microformats. One is called miffy. I didn't get the name
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Geek Dinner Wednesday

Paul Allen, Phil Burns, Aaron Zupancic, and Jamis Buck are hosting a geek dinner Wednesday Nov 30th from 6 - 8 pm at Los Hermanos Restaurant (395 N State St in Lindon UT). I'm going to take 20 minutes or so to talk about microformats. If you're interested in going, drop by the Web site and RSVP.
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Greasemonkey and Microformats

Mark Pilgrim's been busy creating GreaseMonkey scripts that read and understand microformats. His goal is an uberscript that can be used to pull microformat structure from Web pages. Mark says: [I]magine searching such a database. And subscribing to your search results as a syndicated feed. It's coming. Within weeks, not years. All the data is out there; people are publishing this stuff anyway. If they publish it just 1% better (with appropriate microformatting), I can get 1000% more out of it. Or do you just use your browser to browse? That's so 20th century. From [microformats-discuss] Re: Educationg OthersReferenced
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