[uf-discuss] Employee number

David Janes davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Tue Sep 26 12:27:44 PDT 2006

I thought I'd just mention a thought that flitted through my head
several months ago. I'm not proposing this at this time as I'd like to
try it in practice first.

Here's the proposal on my blog [1]. The example given is to link
Ryan's trivial hcard on his blog to his more serious hcard on his

(a) identify the url as being a place the identity could be found

<address class="author vcard">
  <a class="url fn x-identity.hcard" href="http://theryanking.com">Ryan</a>

(b) on the identity page, link to the _real_ location of the hcard

 <link rel="identity.hcard" title="Ryan"
href="http://theryanking.com/blog/contact/#vcard" />

(c) profit!

This provides a fairly straight forward path to link an arbitrary
hCard somewhere in an enterprise to a standardized identity (probably
somehow linked to an LDAP directory in practice).

I'd also note that Chris's proposal of earlier this month for a
"person profile" is becoming more and more relevant, at least in my
mind. OpenID is off doing their own thing in a big way [2], for what
it's worth.

Regards, etc...

[1] http://blogmatrix.blogmatrix.com/:entry:blogmatrix-2006-09-12-0003/
[2] http://openid.net/specs/openid-attribute-properties-list-1_0-01.html

On 9/26/06, Ryan King <ryan at technorati.com> wrote:

> I completely agree that if we had a standard way to mark up employee
> numbers, companies (enterprises, even) could build nice, loosely
> coupled tools.
> However, that doesn't get around the point that microformats are
> build around existing practices. I was just asking you to build some
> existing practice of your own first.

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