[uf-discuss] VIA or VIA SELF to indicate authoritative hCard
[was: UID URL to indicate (relatively) more
authoritativehCard (Was: Vote on this: rel="me self" to
indicate anauthoritative hCard)]
ryan at ryancannon.com
Thu Feb 8 18:22:06 PST 2007
On Feb 8, 2007, at 8:03 PM, Joe Andrieu wrote:
> Why not just have a "via" point to "source" hCards and any hCard
> that is
> self-referential is "authoritative"? That seems both easy for
> publishers and relatively straightforward for parsers. Keep
> dereferencing @rel="via" attributes until you find one that
> to itself with @rel="via self". Once you get to one that says "I'm my
> own source," you've got a reasonable assertion of authority.
> Ryan Cannon suggested this previously , but it seemed to get
> lost in
> "uid url" conversations.
>  http://microformats.org/discuss/mail/microformats-discuss/2007-
Thanks--it didn't get much traction earlier, and I have yet to see a
that makes more sense based on the terms as they are currently defined.
> Here's the formal def for @rel="self"
> 3. The value "self" signifies that the IRI in the value of the
> attribute identifies a resource equivalent to the containing
> So, refering hCards use @rel="via" and the authoritative hCard uses
> @rel="via self". And if you don't want to use an <a> link that is
> self-referential use a span with class="via self url".
> And if the url in the rel is also the aid, the @rel="via uid" and
> @rel="via self uid" should work fine.
One catch: if the value in the URI with @rel=self has to be equivalent,
then wouldn't the data embedded in the two hCards have to be exactly the
Also, how would @rel="uid" be defined as an HTML linktype, in a manner
different than the ATOM definition for @rel="via" (see my previous post)
I suggest that to determine a uid field and authority, hCard parsers
look for @class="uid" (parsed as a string, per the current spec not
as a URL), that failing, the parsers may optionally follow any links
with @rel="via" and attempt to extract a uid from the referenced hCard.
* @rel="via" links can form a chain of authority.
* @rel="via" links do not require the author of the linked hCard to
* @rel="via" links need not be included in the actual hCard if the
author does not want them to be.
* All class names and link types maintain their current
definitions, which has the least chance of breaking current
implementations (as opposed to <a href="url uid">, which requires
parsing rule changes and @rel="self" or @rel="me", which have
Are there problems with this suggestion that I'm not seeing?
MSI Student, School of Information
University of Michigan
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