The first question is – is a new microformat standard really necessary? There are some XHTML elements that I haven’t used before that may be applicable (to questions and answers). My assumption was that there was a wider gap between what I could do with XHTML (or fewer choices) and what I want to do (nest answers with questions and cite the relevent asker or answerer).
Tantek Celik put together a good presentation on some of the more meaningful elements of XHTML.
The relevant ones to me were:
- dl, dt, dd
Based on the presentation and a quick understanding of these elements, I’m contemplating markup that looks like this. Threaded discussions using XHTML:
This used up my time allocation for this morning. The next task is to figure out in more detail what distinguishes a microformat from standard XHTML markup. Is the above markup enough to transmit a question and answer? How should I include ratings and reward?