[uf-discuss] hCard: indistinguishable address parts problem

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Mon Jun 5 11:53:27 PDT 2006

On Jun 5, 2006, at 8:06 AM, Drew McLellan wrote:

> I have a data set of companies with neat fields for name, phone,  
> postcode and geo. The address for each is one big string including  
> number, street, town, and sometimes route-road names and  
> directions. It's a real mess.
> At present, I've chosen to mark up the entire address string as  
> street-address, even though I know it to include locality, region  
> and other misc information in many cases. Without access to a  
> better geocoding system, I don't think there's a practical way for  
> me to distinguish between parts of the string.
> I figure that nothing is going to break on trying to parse the  
> street-address, and ultimately it's better to have the data in some  
> form than none. The alternative as I see it is to not include any  
> of this information in the hCard.
> I have a nagging thought that I'm being evil.
> Thoughts?

Not evil, you've got a tough situation.

My first question would be "what do current consumers of iCalendar do  
with that?". If it doesn't totally break them, then its not *too bad*  
of an abuse.


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