[uf-discuss] geo and named locations

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Sun Jul 23 21:51:43 PDT 2006

On 7/23/06 9:30 PM, "John Allsopp" <john at westciv.com> wrote:

> I know I am being a pedant, but I'm trying to clarify this as much as
> possible, because I am doing some presentations, workshops and other
> general evangelism of uf and I find geo and adr really good simple uf
> to use as example which go beyond the rel based ones, and I don;t
> want to set anyone down the garden path by giving them misleading use
> cases.


There are two principles at work here.

1. Mark up your content as semantically as possible.  Certainly if you relax
this, you can decide to only use geo and not markup the names of locations
etc.  But the reasons why are even bothering with microformats is that a lot
of us have walked the path of semantic XHTML, then semantic class names, in
the pursuit of marking up our content as semantically as possible, without
compromising the content and presentation.

2. Minimum reinvention.  There is no need to (and it is in fact a bad idea
to) invent a new format for named locations, when hCard solves that problem
perfectly well.

Thus there is no other logical conclusion other than to use hCard to markup
named locations.

That being said, if you have a concrete alternative to propose, you may have
thought of something better.

In essence, hCard works well as a semantic construct to represent any
instance of a person or organization or for that named locations.  Some of
this has certainly evolved through usage and experience since I first
drafted hCard, and perhaps it is time to revise the hCard to reflect this
expanded semantic usage, in order to reduce pedantic worrying. ;)


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