[uf-discuss] haudio contributor

Manu Sporny msporny at digitalbazaar.com
Mon Feb 4 07:58:05 PST 2008

Andy Mabbett wrote:
> It seems strange that the microformat does not distinguish between the
> main "contributor" and others. 

It does - you list the main contributor first, if you care about that
sort of thing. Otherwise, you can list them in any order.

> Both the Beatles and Geoff Emerick
> "contributed" to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", for instance:
>   <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Pepper%27s_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Band>
> but one is clearly more significant than the other.

Sure - but what about this one:


Which one is more significant than the other - the label or the artist?
Are "creators" more important than "contributors"? These questions are
philosophical in nature - you can't assume that "creator" should be used
to note the significance of a contribution.

> There does seem to be a tendency in microformats, towards unduly low
> granularity; I find that strange.

Why do you find that strange? We're working with lowest common
denominator here. When you do that, you get low granularity.

> Although in classical music, the composer may be as-, or more-,
> prominent than the artist; likewise the conductor. Higher granularity
> would allow for such distinctions.

Sure - now all you have to do is find enough examples online, (we'll
need about 30 with the composer clearly denoted as well as the artist
with the composer more prominently displayed than the artist) for us to
make the argument for putting this feature into hAudio.

-- manu

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