Happy fourth birthday, real world semantics
Four years ago today, Tantek Çelik and Kevin Marks gave a presentation on real-world semantics. Working backwards from HTML extensions like XFN (created by Tantek, Matt Mullenweg, and Eric Meyer), the paper showed how designers and developers could add semantics to today’s web rather than starting from scratch or waiting for a “purer” markup language to bring us an “uppercase semantic web.”
As with ‘most all great ideas, the principles were simple and, in hindsight, profoundly obvious. Do what designers were already doing. Instead of toiling over new languages that might or might not get adopted, use existing (X)HTML elements such as
class, and agree on such things as common class names for simple things like relationship definitions.
On behalf of all web designers and developers, thank you, Tantek and friends, and happy birthday.
[tags]microformats, semantics, realworld, tantek, xfn, hcard, 4years[/tags]
Without my permission, Technorati has stuck my photo and its logo in the sidebar of my site’s front page.
Technorati, when it works, provides useful services to blogs and their readers, such as the ability to track third-party responses to a post. (Google Blog Search works the same street, and refreshes more frequently.)
Technorati also indexes “authority,” which is its word for popularity as determined by the number of Technorati users who mark your site as a favorite.
You could configure the script to show your picture and Technorati’s logo but you didn’t have to, and I chose not to.
Technorati called the script an “embed.”
In the last few days, Technorati apparenty converted its “embeds” to “widgets.”
Widgets do more than embeds, and I’m sure they’ll delight some blog owners. But I am not delighted. I wasn’t asked, or even notified. Through investigation (AKA random clicking) I found the widgets page and “customized” my widget not to show my photo and Technorati’s logo (i.e. I manually opted out of something I had previously already opted out of).
Except the opt-out didn’t take. My photo and Technorati’s logo are still stuck in my front page’s sidebar.
I’ll give Technorati a few days to clear its cache (or its head). If there’s still junk in my sidebar come Monday, then it’s adios, Technorati.
[tags]technorati, widgets, opt-in, opt-out, blogs, blogging, blogosphere[/tags]