[uf-discuss] Plazes & Microformats

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Wed Apr 19 12:27:31 PDT 2006

On Apr 19, 2006, at 5:08 AM, David Janes -- BlogMatrix wrote:

> Maybe this would be a good time to bring up "rel-vcard" (and rel- 
> <microformat> in general). In particular, to do one of
> <a rel="vcard" href="/profile/fiahless/"><span class="fn  
> nickname">fiahless</span></a>
> or
> <a class="vcard" rel="vcard" href="/profile/fiahless/"><span  
> class="fn nickname">fiahless</span></a>
> To indicate that not only is this a vcard, but a better or  
> "reference" vcard is available at the other end of the link.

I like the idea of being able to hint at the presence of microformats  
in other documents. Certainly, it could make focused crawling for  
microformats a bit easier (in certain cases).

However, using @rel here seems like semantic abuse. From the spec[1]:

> This attribute describes the relationship from the current document  
> to the anchor specified by the href attribute. The value of this  
> attribute is a space-separated list of link types.

I'm not sure its reasonable to say that 'vcard' describes the  
relationship between these two documents.

It seems that the more semanticaly appropriate place to put this  
would be @type. However, I'm not sure I want to get into that.


1. http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/links.html#adef-rel

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