[uf-discuss] XFN for email addresses?

Guy Fraser gfraser at adaptavist.com
Wed Jun 13 04:57:16 PDT 2007

Chris Messina wrote:
> While I've resisted the temptation so far, it does seem that, in order
> to build a relevant and useful cross-social networking tool -- I need
> a way to use email addresses as well as URLs to identify people. In

> Therefore, this:
> <a href="mailto:buddy at foo.com" rel="contact">Buddy</a>
> should be as acceptable as this:
> <a href="http://foo.com/buddy" rel="contact">Buddy</a>
> And, on http://foo.com/buddy, this should be permissible:
> <a href="mailto:buddy at foo.com" rel="me">Buddy</a>

IMHO, XFN defines the relationship to that person, not what sort of link 
is being used. As the link type can be determined by looking at the URL 
I would imagine that any software would take that in to account if 
required.  All you are doing with XFN is saying, for example, "this 
link/email/im is my friend/muse/etc".


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