[uf-discuss] An Inconvenient hCard

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Mon Mar 12 12:14:01 PST 2007

In message <45F5A81A.1010306 at xtra.co.nz>, Paul Wilkins 
<pmw57 at xtra.co.nz> writes

>>> <p class="tel"><abbr class="type" title="fax">Téléc</abbr>: <span 
>>>class="value">(514) 123-4568</span></p>

>> This is a misuse of abbr at best.
>> See: open issue! 2007-01-26
>> http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard-issues

>I also see that you are the author of that open issue, and that it's 
>been rejected.

Rejected with a request for further information, and subsequently 

>The abbr design pattern is the currently accepted microformat method in 
>which to provide machine readable information for human readable 
>as it's defined in the TEL Type Definition at 

>While the abbr element isn't being used strictly as it was originally 
>intended, there are sufficient grounds to continue using it for the 
>purpose of microformats.

Can you cite evidence that it's "currently accepted" for non-English 
content, as in the above example; or clarify those "sufficient grounds" 
for its use in such cases, please?

Andy Mabbett

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