[uf-discuss] Citation: next steps?

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Wed Aug 30 17:13:36 PDT 2006

On 8/30/06 11:29 AM, "Bruce D'Arcus" <bdarcus.lists at gmail.com> wrote:

>> As for using hCalendar, I think that would be great to mark up
>> conferences, meetings, etc, in citations, but I don't think a citation
>> microformat should *require* it. According to the hcard-authoring wiki
>> page, a minimal hCalendar requires a summary, start date and end date
>> or duration. I almost never see end dates or durations being published
>> for citations in current practice, and I think requiring a valid
>> hCalendar would make it harder for publishers to adopt the citation
>> microformat.
> Maybe the duration requirement can be dropped?

This seems both reasonable, and reflective of existing practice in event
listings (and even hCalendar usage in the wild).  Many hCalendar events in
the wild that I have seen (anecdotal) lack dtend/duration.  Most seem to
have summary, dtstart, url.

Would it be useful to come up with "implied" durations for this case?

> In any case, conferences and hearings and such have titles, dates
> (usually contiguous start/end but soemtimes not), and usually
> sponsors.

Yes.  I think this could make a lot of sense, plus it affords the
opportunity (and natural tendency?) to link to a page which more thoroughly
describes the conference/hearing, more and more of which actually do have
their own event pages if not whole sites.



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