[uf-dev] Discovery of Microformatted documents

Julian Bond julian_bond at voidstar.com
Mon May 5 00:12:08 PDT 2008

We've been looking at ways of discovering microformatted documents. The 
requirement is to be able to say something like "My Profile page is at 
this URL". We've identified 3 likely candidates (which might all be the 
same page).

1) A page holding my personal profile. Probably containing hCard. 
Typically something like an AboutMe page on a blog.

2) A page holding a list of my external profiles. Marked up with XFN 
rel="me" The "YASN-Roll".

3) A page holding a list of my contacts. Marked up with XFN 
rel="contact" and the other contact types.

To make this work we need a URI that identifies the page types and/or a 
Media Type. But since this is all html/xhtml, the Media-Type is going to 
be the same in each case.

This page http://www.gmpg.org/xfn/join seems to suggest 
http://gmpg.org/xfn/11 as a relatively permanent URI to use for XFN but 
it wouldn't distinguish between cases 2 and 3.

This page http://microformats.org/wiki/profile-uris defines some URI 
candidates as well. But I think my requirement is at a slightly higher 

Any thoughts on this?

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