genealogy (was Re: life, death and address books (was Re: [uf-discuss] hCard and Life Dates?))

Timothy Gambell timothy.gambell at
Wed Apr 19 15:29:11 PDT 2006

Hi Tantek and Atamido,

I think genealogy is more about relationships (ie marriage, parent  
child, etc) than individual biographies. A genealogy microformat, to  
my way of thinking, would borrow more from XFN than hCard.

To deal with life dates and other biographical information (like,  
gender, nationality, life events, etc) I think it would be more  
elegant to have a separate biography format, based on hCard. A  
biography format could serve as a building block for geneology,  
citation, movie credits, etc.

Just my two cents. Your thoughts?


On Apr 19, 2006, at 4:58 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:

> On 4/19/06 2:29 PM, "Atamido" <paul at> wrote:
>> Not that I'm proposing that hCard be used for genealogy, but if a
>> genealogy format were made it would likely pull all relevant classes
>> from hCard.  In fact, it would probably just be an hCard with a few
>> missing/additional classes.
> Atamido,
> Your suggestion is right on.  Reframing this question as:
> "How do we represent genealogy information as it is published on  
> the Web?"
> is the best way IMHO to proceed with this discussion.
> Start with and  
> let's go from
> there.
> Thanks,
> Tantek
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