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Microformats and The Web Browser as an Information Broker (Firefox 3?)

Alex Faaborg, of Mozilla writes about Microformats, he starts with —”Microformats can be explained in a number of ways, but the easiest way to explain them is to just show an example.

Here is my contact information in HTML:

<div class=”vcard”>
<span class=”fn”>Alex Faaborg</span>
<div class=”org”>Mozilla</div>
<div class=”adr”>
<div class=”street-address”>1981 Landings Drive, Building K</div>
<span class=”locality”>Mountain View</span>,
<span class=”region”>CA</span>,
<span class=”postal-code”>94043</span>
<span class=”country-name”>United States</span>
<div class=”tel”>617-899-5064</div>

and ends with:

The Web Browser as an Information Broker (Firefox 3?)

Much in the same way that operating systems currently associate particular file types with specific applications, future Web browsers are likely going to associate semantically marked up data you encounter on the Web with specific applications, either on your system or online. This means the contact information you see on a Web site will be associated with your favorite contacts application, events will be associated with your favorite calendar application, locations will be associated with your favorite mapping application, phone numbers will be associated with your favorite VOIP application, etc.

This is going to change the way we interact with data on the Web, and it’s something that I am going to be blogging about all this week, stay tuned.

Alex Faaborg

Microformats, Mozilla, Firefox, Web Browser, Information Broker

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