`abbr` for machine-readable microformat dates explained (was:
Markdown and the hCal microformat)
mike at cs.ucsd.edu
Thu Aug 3 16:01:11 EDT 2006
On Aug 3, 2006, at 12:40 PM, Milian Wolff wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, 03. August 2006 21:26 schrieb A. Pagaltzis:
>> the idea being that I used “now” as a human-readable shorthand
>> form for 2006-08-03T21:22:44+0200. (I’m not sure about the exact
>> format required for the title attribute.)
> So you want to be able to parse the generated html for further use?
Yes. See [the microformats wiki] for a bunch of sites that publish
this microformat, and you can search the web's microformatted dates
using [Technorati's microformat search tool]. Momentum is building
for tools to aggregate and search microformatted data.
> Because else I don't get it why one should add such a date. I just
> image a
> disabled user with a screenreader stumbling upon the <abbr> tag (or
> else you store the *extended* date) - would be quite a suprise in
> my opinion
> but then I dont use hCal much.
It's been discussed on the microformat-discuss list that using <abbr>
this way isn't less accessible in any practical sense. I can try to
dig it up if you're interested, but the point is moot - that is the
way the microformat is specified. I wasn't inventing anything new there.
> Who is interested in the time zone that was posted in except
Users using those databases are interested. Generating the right time
zone from a user-friendly syntax for dates is a challenge of my idea,
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