[uf-discuss] Coding mbox_sha1sum in XFN

Julian Bond julian_bond at voidstar.com
Sun Apr 27 09:33:32 PDT 2008

Toby A Inkster <mail at tobyinkster.co.uk> Sun, 27 Apr 2008 10:43:20
>Julian Bond wrote:
>> This looks like a generic problem. How to qualify an XFN entry with
>> additional non-visible information.
>Ah. Additional. In my earlier message I was assuming that you did not 
>know (or want to show) an HTTP URL for the contact. That is, that you 
>wanted to represent a person by their mbox_sha1sum *instead* of a 
>conventional URL.
>> <span class="mbox_sha1sum:fc521285feac8d1de0a488166aeeb9dbf99070e1">
>> <a href="url" rel="contact">their name</a>
>> <span>
>That approach won't be picked up by any parsers that I know of. A 
>better approach would be to look into RDFa or eRDF. Very few parsers 
>though will handle both microformats and one of those.

At this point, I think you might as well publish the content in a 
structured format like FOAF or one of the many Contacts APIs. Trying to 
overload HTML seems like a poor alternative to FOAF with Auto-Discovery.

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