Microsummaries are NOT microformats (yet?)
Skimming through R/WW's review of Firefox 2, Microsummaries caught my eye.
What are Microsummaries?
"Microsummaries are regularly-updated short summaries of web pages. When you bookmark a web page that has a microsummary, you can choose to display the microsummary as the title of the bookmark. Then, when the page changes, the title will also change, so you can find out the current status of the page just by looking at the bookmark.
For example, a microsummary for a Yahoo! Finance stock quote page might display the current price of the stock and how much it changed today: . A microsummary for Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day page might display today's word: . And a microsummary for a Federal Express package tracking page might display the delivery status of the package: . "
Examples here. Very, interesting. I've not seen any of this at work yet, but the idea sounds great. One thought? Isn't this the kind of application RSS / Atom would suit? Others have discussed this similarity. What about RSS + microfomats?
And is a Microsummary microformat? Well, microsummaries aren't not listed on the microformat spec wiki today, and back on the Mozilla Microsummaries Wiki it says:
"The microsummary generator dialect and the use of the <link rel> element to specify microsummaries should be standardized by the appropriate bodies, which may include the microformats group and the WHATWG."
So, not a microformat today, but maybe in the future (here's blog post discussing this, and in case you're wondering, here's the answer to the question: What is WHATWG?).
It looks relatively simple to get going in terms of creating these microsummaries, but I can't help wondering what confusion might spring from
microformats microsummaries and microsummaries microformats. More links on microformats microsummaries from Myk Melez.
Who knows more on the microformat / microsummaries thing? Any more links I should look at for more on this topic?