A client asked me an interesting question the other day: what’s the difference between Taxonomy and Folksonomy? So I thought I’d be a good Samaritan and share my answer. Firstly, Taxonomy and Folksonomy are common place on the web as tags – tags are keywords that describe data. Content creators and consumers add tags to describe their data. The difference between taxonomy and folksonomy lies in who adds the tags to the data.
I have always made the assumption that shopping carts are tabular data and that its ok to use a table tag for that reason, but thinking semantically they are a list of the items your buying and their parameters. So why not use a list. It validates with W3C’s XHTML validator and the coding is alot cleaner than most ecommerce websites.