[uf-discuss] .tel

Tony Scott tonyscott100 at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Dec 5 01:31:14 PST 2008


I totally agree!


Tony Scott
http://tonyscott.org.uk | http://uk.wordcamp.org

----- Original Message ----
> From: Tom Morris <tom at tommorris.org>
> To: Microformats Discuss <microformats-discuss at microformats.org>
> Sent: Thursday, 4 December, 2008 0:08:11
> Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] .tel
> On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 16:58, Tim White wrote:
> > Has anyone seen the upcoming .tel domains (http://telnic.org/)? Seems
> > like a perfect spot for hCard.
> >
The whole thing is highly idiotic
> and if there's any justice in the world, it'll completely fail and
> become the butt of jokes for years to come. If we can steer people
> towards using hCard, geo and other open solutions, that would be far
> preferable to a poorly thought-out system. Telephony is more like a
> protocol than a domain. Can you imagine .email, .irc, .rss or .ssh
> TLDs? It's that stupid.
> People should just put a representative hCard on their homepage and
> then have a thing to parse it out and dial it. I've been meaning to
> build a JavaME thing to do this for my phone, so I can fire up my
> phone, type a domain name and have the phone dial it automatically.
> Imagine "starbucks.tel" - what number will it return via DNS?
> Presumably a corporate number. But if you designed the main site
> right, you could have it so that a person could use subdomains or
> directories to get the relevant branches: chicago.starbucks.com (or
> starbucks.com/chicago) could return a page full of hCards with
> addresses for branches in that city. Then build the client software
> for the phones which would be able to look for phone numbers on
> websites and then call them or add them to the address book. This kind
> of thing is far more useful in my opinion.
> -- 
> Tom Morris
> http://tommorris.org/
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