[uf-discuss] rel="pavatar"

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 13:38:54 PST 2006


liste at jeenaparadies.net wrote:
> Is there no interrest in such a microformat like rel="pavatar"?

>From the spec a few things are not clear to me. For example in 3a what URL
is being called, by whom, and for what purpose?  In 3b, what HTML page would
contain the link and how does it relate to anything else?  I could make
assumptions, but I don't think it's good to require spec readers to make

Given that, I'm also trying to determine the potential use-case for a
microformat for your pavatar.  So are you envisioning that someone who would
leave a comment on a blog along with their name, email, and website, for
example, would have a personal avatar auto-discoverable at that website?
And if so, are you then envisioning that the blog software would retrieve
and cache the pavatar then display it using a microformat something like

   <img src="/pavatars/liste at jeenaparadies.net.png" height=80 width=80
class="pavatar" />

BTW, In looking at your spec it claims to be "Candidate Recommendation" and
uses the same format as a W3C candidate recommendations. However, when I
google for "pavatar" on w3.org, there are no results [1]. Has it actually
been through the W3C process[2]?

Also, it appears your spec uses a "well-Known name"[3] or "/pavatar.png"[4]
for which at least certain people[5][6] in the W3C would have your head for,
so something tells me you've not been through the W3C process? :-)

I think I like the overall idea, but if it's not part of the W3C process you
really should propose it and/or make it clear that it is your own proposal
and not one that has been through the W3C's process.  Also, I think it could
really benefit by going through the process (but if it already has, I'm
surprised given the ambiguities in the spec.)

-Mike Schinkel

[1] http://www.google.com/search?q=pavatar+site:w3.org  
[2] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/Process-19991111/tr.html#RecsCR 
[5] http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
[6] http://www.w3.org/People/Fielding/

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