[uf-discuss] Date of Death in hCard

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Thu Jun 28 07:37:25 PDT 2007

In message <20FF9328-B846-4097-A8BD-44264BC20455 at ben-ward.co.uk>, Ben 
Ward <lists at ben-ward.co.uk> writes

>On 27 Jun 2007, at 20:33, Andy Mabbett wrote:
>> There having been no comments, much less objections, I intend to 
>>proceed with this, using "died" as the property name, in five days 
>>from the time of posting.
>I have no objections to this. It's a useful extension to hCard as a 
>‘profile’ format; which it is very much being used for on the web.
>I would be prepared to have ‘hCard profile extensions’ separated 
>from hCard, though. There's value in the hCard spec being 1:1 with 
>vcard, especially with regards compatibility with desktop tools.
>Although this particular extension wouldn't have a major impact on that 
>use, if we're to open the can of adding new fields, I'd like it 
>considered that we clearly separate it, perhaps into a separate 
>specification, citing hCard as the base and then fully specifying 
>additional fields.
>That way it remains valid to implement hCard for the purposes of just 
>representing vCard on the web, and more suitable implementations  could 
>embrace these extensions as well.
>Does anyone agree?

No; I strongly disagree.

We'd then have two standards, on being a subset of the other, and the 
distinguishing feature would be that the subset is defined by an obscure 
standard that most people have never heard of.

That doesn't seem to fit with the microformats ethos, at all.

Andy Mabbett

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