[uf-discuss] User comment entries

Sarven Capadisli csarven at gmail.com
Fri Oct 3 21:29:48 PDT 2008

Hi all, here is what I'm thinking about user comments:

A user comment (e.g., in blogs, wikis, forms) can be marked as an
hAtom [1] since it has a similar content pattern. A way to
differentiate an hEntry (e.g., a blog post) from another hEntry (e.g.,
a user comment) can be done reusing "in-replies-to" [2] from Atom
Threading Extensions [3]. It provides a mechanism to indicate that an
entry is a response to another resource.

rel="in-repl-to" can indicate that the current hEntry is a reply to
another hEntry and has a reference point @href:
<a rel="in-reply-to" href="#comment_20080902144745">Parent</a>

hEntries that use rel="in-reply-to" can be considered as a comment
entry in response to a parent entry in the threaded conversation
(e.g., in blogs, wikis, forms).

hEntries that are chronologically listed can all use rel="in-repl-to"
and refer to the root hEntry (e.g., blog post, form post)

By reusing in-reply-to , we can solve the microformats representation
for user comments [4], [5], [6].

I've put the above into hatom-brainstorming in the Wiki [7].

What do you think?

[1] http://microformats.org/wiki/hatom
[2] http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4685#section-3
[3] http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4685
[4] http://microformats.org/wiki/mfcomment
[5] http://microformats.org/wiki/hcomment
[6] http://microformats.org/wiki/comment-brainstorming
[7] http://microformats.org/wiki/hatom-brainstorming#User_comment_entries

Sarven Capadisli

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