[uf-discuss] Re: calendar (and other) items aren't always tidy

Toby A Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Thu Nov 29 01:54:41 PST 2007

ken wrote:

> I'd easily believe that a lot of people are a member of-- have a role
> in-- more than one organization

Indeed, but you've got to consider the primary purpose of vCard (and thus 
hCard) is not to provide an accurate and total representation of a person, 
but just to provide contact information.

If I'm on the ACME website and want to contact their head of sales, I want 
a vCard that lists Bob Jones, Head of Sales, ACME Corp, 1 ACME Drive, 
Somewhereville. The vCard doesn't also need to contain his home address, 
it doesn't need to represent that he also has a position on the board of 
trustees for a local wildlife charity, or the title of his role on his 
kids' school's parent-teacher association either.

If such information needs to be represented, may I suggest proposing 
"hContact", which could potentially encompass several hCards for the same 
person, though this probably encroaches upon the territory of FOAF.

Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
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