Terms associated with the Structured Information pattern include:
The concept of structured information has been described by people such as Tim O’Reilly as fine-grained content accessibility. This pattern is a specialization of a well-known generalized pattern called the Whole-Part pattern, which they extend with some specific nuances.
The Declarative Living and Tag Gardening pattern, discussed earlier in this chapter, is highly relevant; the Structured Information pattern is one way in which finer aspects of declarative living can be implemented.
The term “microformat” generally refers to a small snippet of syntax that can add self-declaring metadata within existing content. Examples include marking up contact information, calendar events, and other fragments of an existing HTML web page. For more on microformats, see http://microformats.org. The larger notion of a “markup language” is a pivotal concept that many implementers of this pattern use.
A lot of largely unstructured content exists on the Internet. Most of this content is captured and presented as HTML documents, with author-supplied data forming part of a web page and the markup forming the other part. These documents are considered to be largely unstructured in terms of finding specific chunks of data within them. If someone wanted ...