[microformats-discuss] Profiles, what are they good for, why do we need them, and how should they be implemented

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Fri Jul 15 17:20:27 PDT 2005

On Jul 15, 2005, at 3:52 PM, Bud Gibson wrote:
> On Jul 15, 2005, at 11:37, Carl Beeth wrote:
>> And that is today, in a couple of weeks there might be more. That
>> makes for a lot of URL's in the header. Remember people are pragmatic
>> even though they won't use all these formats on the same page they
>> will put it all in the template just in case they they need it. Also
>> you are putting a very large hurdle on adoption if the user has to
>> muck around in his templates each time he want's to ad a new kind of
>> microformated content to his site.
> Carl:
> I find this point to very well taken, and it comes back to Danny  
> Ayers' idea of using URIs to ID when the microformat is being  
> used.  If the URI were simply the URL to the XMDP, we would kill  
> two birds with one stone.

I'm not sure what's been miss communicated here, but....

Yes. Exactly. That's precisely the idea behind xmdp. See xmdp http:// 

Danny has a good idea, but its not original. This is *precisely* the  
idea behind xmdp. And, this is precisiely the idea behind <head  

> In another communication, Ryan King indicated that XFN actually  
> uses the URI as the class attribute value that encloses an XFN entry.

No. No URIs in class values with XFN. Since there is a profile URL  
for xfn, it should be referenced in the <head profile="">.


>   Somebody with foresight of the problem you are describing made  
> that decision.
> One mechanism available now is to simply place a link to the XMDP  
> in the microformatted text as described here:
> http://microformats.org/wiki/xmdp-brainstorming
> (the page is a little messy, but you should find it).  Short of  
> adopting Ayers' suggestion, this solution at least allows you to  
> just plop in links to the XMDP without having access to the head.
> As I think about it, I like Ayers' suggestion more and more.  Maybe  
> that will become a best practice someday.
> Bud
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