[uf-discuss] hCard: Quick question about nicknames

Michael Smethurst Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk
Fri Aug 29 04:36:31 PDT 2008

Hi Ciaran

On 29/8/08 12:30, "Ciaran McNulty" <mail at ciaranmcnulty.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 12:17 PM, Michael Smethurst
> <Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk> wrote:
>> For now I'm marking them all up with class="nickname". Is this stretching
>> the semantics of nickname too much?
>> Should I just be POSH and use class="pseudonym"?
> Even if you use class="pseudonym" you still need to decide whether to
> populate N or NICKNAME.
> What I mean is you either say George Eliot is given-name + family-name
> or a nickname, regardless of any extra POSH semantics you'd care to
> add.
> The vCard RFC seems remarkably unenlightening about the semantics of
> the different fields:
> " Type special note: The nickname is the descriptive name given instead
>    of or in addition to the one belonging to a person, place, or thing.
>    It can also be used to specify a familiar form of a proper name
>    specified by the FN or N types.
>    Type example:
>         NICKNAME:Robbie
>         NICKNAME:Jim,Jimmie
> "
> Based on the two examples I'd lean towards markup up pseudonyms that
> are structurally formatted like names as names, with everything else
> as nickname, i.e.:
> George Eliot = given-name, family-name with a pseudonym wrapper
> El Greco = nickname

Don't have the pseudonym data at that granular a level

Family name, given name and additional names are given in addition so I'm
fn-ing those
> However I don't think there's any hard-and-fast rule about it.
> -Ciaran McNulty
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