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MicroFormats: What’s their problem?

[Update 6/2/2005: Added tags]

In response to my previous post, Brian Suda provided some valuable commentary on the limitations of MicroFormats, especially as compared with RDF. Some of the discussion between us happened offline via email, but with Brian’s permission I am paraphrasing and summarizing here to get the discussion back into the public domain.

The purpose of this analysis was to gain an understanding of contexts in which using a MicroFormat might be successful as an easy-to-author, good-enough representation of structured data, and, in the same vein, understand situations in which using a MicroFormat would be an invitation to semantic disaster. The description of MicroFormats provides limited guidance here. Thus we begin probing the soft underbelly of MicroFormats:
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