[uf-discuss] Re: Using <object> for datetimes (was: Microformats and RDFa not as far apart as previously thought)

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Sat Jun 28 12:04:10 PDT 2008

On [Jun 28], at [ Jun 28] 11:09 , Ben Ward wrote:

> On 28 Jun 2008, at 17:03, Ed Lucas wrote:
>> George Brocklehurst wrote:
>>> Is it worth revisiting Tantek's original suggestion of using the  
>>> object element to represent dates? [1]
>>> The idea was to do something like this:
>>>   <object data="20050125">January 25</object>
> This particular example is invalid, as the data="" attribute must  
> contain a URI, and a URI cannot start with a number.

About a week ago I wrote:

> On the abbr-design-pattern page, markup rejections section [1] is  
> the following text:
>> OBJECT with param value. (requires significant extra markup and CSS  
>> in order to *behave* correctly)
> Can anyone provide more detail about this parenthetical rejection  
> explanation?

If this problem has in fact been resolved (or at least improved) in  
more recent browser versions, I suggest we look again at using  
<object> and <param> together, e.g.:

  <object class="dtstart"><param name="value" value="20050125" / 
 >January 25</object>

I expect using <param> will result in more readable and flexible  
markup than data URIs.


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