[uf-discuss] hCard and Life Dates?

Ryan Cannon ryan at ryancannon.com
Wed Apr 19 06:46:10 PDT 2006

It seems to me that vCard was never intended to fulfill this purpose,  
and bending it to do so via hCalendar seems awkward. Instead, I  
recommend you go with dday. After all, microformats are based on how  
people are already publishing on the web, and this might be a basis  
for an update (addition, extension, etc.) to hCard.

Besides, doesn't dtstart and dtend seem a little, well, cold?
Ryan Cannon

Interactive Developer
MSI Student, School of Information
University of Michigan

On 18 Apr 2006, at 5:34 PM, timothy.gambell at aya.yale.edu wrote:

> Hi All,
> How do I say "Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955)"
> using hCard? Specifically, what is the best way of expressing a
> person's life dates?
> "bday" seems like an obvious choice for date of birth. Would adding a
> term like "dday" be appropriate for date of death?
> Or would it be better to use "dtstart" and "dtend" from hCalendar?
> This feels more elegant, except that "bday" is a more semantically
> precise than "dtstart".
> Or maybe some hybrid? perhaps class="bday dtstart" for birthday and
> class="dtend" for death date?
> Tim.

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