[uf-discuss] HResume question

Steve Ganz steve at ganz.name
Thu Jun 21 10:25:07 PDT 2007

On 6/21/07, Brian Suda wrote:

> On 6/21/07, George Malamidis <george at nutrun.com> wrote:
> > I've noticed that on many examples of HResume on the web (including 
> > all the HResumes on linkedin.com) are using class="skills" 
> > to decorate all the skills in a resume rather than class="skill" 
> > for each single skill.

If you've got some examples on the wild other than LinkedIn, can you please
forward links? I'd like to make a note of it and add those examples to the
wiki. (see below)

> --- according to the hResume spec, it should be 
> class="skill", but it should also be a rel-tag. Linked-in 
> lets you use free text to describe your skill, for example 
> "top performing clown act in the world". That doesn't fit 
> into the current design for class="skill", so Linkedin choose 
> an alternatively semantic value - this is NOT part of 
> hResume, but instead simply POSH.

Unfortunately, in this first pass, we were unable to mark up skills
according to the hResume specification. This is because we've always allowed
free-form text for what we call "specialties" and while all of our examples
show a comma delimited list of of keywords, it's not enforced and a lot of
users use this area for prose. Also, because hResume skills use rel-tag, we
may end up needing to create our own tag space which isn't trivial and will
require significant work on our end. [1]

> > Does anyone have any idea where this inconsistency originates from?
> --- the inconsistancy comes from the hResume spec currently 
> expecting short skill lists, like "C++", "Microformats", 
> "Cooking", whereas Linked-in allows free-text. So (IMHO) they 
> did the correct thing and NOT try and make the free-text into 
> a rel-tag.
> I have been talking with the Linked-in guys and we are 
> working on getting things either more inline with the current 
> hResume format, and/or gather examples to help incrementally 
> improve hResume. I can't seem to find any specific links/wiki 
> pages at the moment, but if you have any thoughts/concerns or 
> want to know more, we can certainly discuss it further - 
> please use the new-list for any additional posts.

I've been brainstorming with James Levine of Simply Hired on skills in
general and vetting those sessions with Brian. I need to distill some of
those discussions and add them to the hResume Issues[2] and Brainstorming[3]
pages. I hope to work on that today.

1. http://steve.ganz.name/blog/2007/01/linkedin-launches-hresume.html
2. http://microformats.org/wiki/hresume-issues
3. http://microformats.org/wiki/hresume-brainstorming

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