[uf-discuss] species microformats & OpenSearch

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Wed Dec 6 16:17:39 PST 2006

In message <D7F97F49-042A-42C3-A214-0A65A45132AA at randomchaos.com>, Scott
Reynen <scott at randomchaos.com> writes

>On Dec 6, 2006, at 5:35 PM, Andy Mabbett wrote:
>>>> .could ever contribute to the semantic web in a meaningful way &
>>>>will stand
>>>> the test of taxonomic revisions
>>> I agree with this.
>> You may well be right - but since dealing with "taxonomic
>>revisions" is
>> entirely outside the scope of uFs, so what?
>I think I agree with Andy on this, but I'm finding it difficult to
>read past what appears to me to be unhelpful hostility.

I'm trying not to let such attitudes get to me.

>People change names, but hCard doesn't account for this.  Publishers
>are expected to update their hCards when names change, or have  invalid
>hCards, because name changes are an edge case that shouldn't
>inconvenience publishers in general by making the microformat less
>clear.  Are species name changes any different?

Yes; there are "definitive" web sites which will accept a species'
"out-of-date" binominal name (passed, perhaps, by a user agent/ tool
parsing a microformat according to the current proposal) and return the
"definitive" current version (or alternatives where a species has been
"split" into two). There are no equivalents for renamed people.

Andy Mabbett
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