[microformats-discuss] question regarding MF enclosing attributes

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Thu Jul 21 14:08:59 PDT 2005

On Jul 21, 2005, at 1:51 PM, Bud Gibson wrote:
> On Jul 21, 2005, at 16:36, Ryan King wrote:
>> Yes. It is a desirable practice, and has always been the plan. And  
>> I thought we'd covered this issue already?
> Indeed, I knew it was an issue that was raised.  What was unclear  
> to me was any decision about the mechanism that one would use.

<link rel="profile" ..>
<a rel="profile" ..>

>   Further, since other microformats (e.g., hCard) do not  
> necessarily use this mechanism, it was unclear that it was one to  
> strive for.

You mean "don't *yet* have a profile URL to reference." They use this  
mechanism, there's just not a profile URL yet. Remember, XFN has an  
almost *2 year* head start on the rest of the formats. That's like  
2,000 years in Internet Time. :)

You have to remember that these formats are still very much in draft  
stage and as such they can't be easily given profile URLs (because  
you may need a new profile url for each revision of the spec .... and  
some don't even have profiles yet!).

> Ryan, not trying to be difficult, just asking for a clarification.   
> Lighten up.

This is me light. :)

>> Other microformats will have profile urls, but only once they are  
>> solid enough to be standardized.
>>> A very practical motivation for this question is that I am in the  
>>> process of embedding xFolk in an RSS 2.0 feed and would like a  
>>> compact representation to indicate the microformat is in use and  
>>> where information about it can be found.
>> As xFolk becomes a standard (ie, calsified), it will need to have  
>> a profile URL.
> xfolk has a profile URL and has had one from the outset.  I'm now  
> using the one on the wiki.  It has a version and everything.

Where is this?


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