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Re: Structured blogging (was: Understanding Scaling - Critical

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  • Subject: Re: Structured blogging (was: Understanding Scaling - Critical for a Net-Centric Vision)
  • From: Michael Champion <michaelc.champion@g...>
  • Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 08:54:24 -0400
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Re:  Structured blogging (was: Understanding Scaling - Critical
On 5/23/05, Ronald Bourret <rpbourret@r...> wrote:
> Hmmm. Structured Blogging. Looks a lot like SGML on the Web. Didn't
> somebody try to do that a while back ;) ?
> 

Well, as best I understand it, the 'structured data" would be
microformats embedded in HTML or RSS, not generic XML markup.  Generic
XML on the Web didn't work out so well,, but this would just be
additional information that generic browsers / aggregators would
quietly ignore but "prospective" tools that understood the microformat
could eaily map into data about auctions, events, items for sale, etc.
It definitely could work technically, but I haven't decided whether I
believe it can work given the way people really are.  After all, this
could have been done with HTML META tags 10 years ago, and it didn't
happen.

Will people figure out how to agree on a common set of markup
conventions with known semantics, or a scalable way of negotiating
them?  Or will it be a matter of what Froogle wants, Froogle gets, and
godhelpusall if the IP lawyers start fighting over who owns what
microformat.

Will there be a business model that can actually support this?  If you
kill the proprietary data that powers eBay, etc., will the orderly
marketplace it supports die too?

What about the spammers, phishers, and other bottom dwellers? 
Spammers pretty well killed the value of the META tag, how can they be
prevented from killing "structured blogging"?

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