[uf-discuss] Re: Profile-examples

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Tue Sep 5 09:46:34 PDT 2006

On 9/4/06 7:06 PM, "Chris Messina" <chris.messina at gmail.com> wrote:

> Well, let's do some research and see what we come up with.

Yes, researching examples on the Web is important, but keeping the scope
simple and specific is important as well, otherwise you might find you have
way too much research to do.

> I agree that user-profiles are the originating domain, but how does
> this relate to something like hResume?

This is why it is important to make sure you pick a specific problem, and
*write it down*, otherwise you will bounce around a lot of different things
and get very little done.

> I guess maintaining hcard as a simple format for sending data relating
> to someone's *contact* info is important to me...

We've already agreed that hCard represents a *person* or *organization*.
vCard itself went beyond just "contact" info with properties like BDAY,

> whereas representing
> someone's interests or group membership in the same format starts to
> sound a bit macro.


I think a lot can be done by treating categories as tags and simply letting
people tag themselves with their "interests" etc.

There is already orthogonal format work happening for group membership as
you know:


In particular, I am more and more convinced that Eran's simple rel group /
rel member proposal solves the 90% case of group membership.


> Furthermore, I would very much like to use existing building blocks --
> and perhaps tease a few more out by looking at this as a macro
> design-pattern (or micropattern, as you and I discussed).
> Perhaps the pattern is in how you reuse other microformats to create a
> user-profile, eh eh?

I'm not sure the "pattern" terminology makes any sense here.  I certainly
don't understand what you are trying to convey by it.

Using a microformat is not a "pattern", it is just using a microformat, just
like using valid semantic XHTML is not a "pattern", it is just using valid
semantic XHTML.


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