[uf-new] hAudio ISSUE #8: hAlbum is redundant

Manu Sporny msporny at digitalbazaar.com
Thu Sep 13 11:28:50 PDT 2007

Chris Newell wrote:
> If there is a single, generic collection-title field 
> could you use the "type" and "value" construction to
> achieve this?
> For example:
> <span class="collection">
>  <span class="type">Album</span>:
>  <span class="value">Sticky Fingers</span>
> </span>

I tried to find examples that would support a proposal for adding TYPE
to hAudio several months ago, but what I found was that most service
sites and individual sites don't specify whether something is an album,
audio recording or podcast. For example:


The above example, which is representative of the rest of the music
service examples, does not specify the type at all... however, it is
implied by the web page as an album.

In the off-chance that they do specify it, a variety of language to
specify the same thing:

album: album, CD, CD Release, EP, LP, hit, collection, record
song : song, hit, recording
podcast: podcast, audio blog, mp3 blog

If we let somebody put anything into the type field, it will be
difficult for parsers and software to determine the type... even if we
could convince publishers to start stating "album" or "podcast" or
"recording" in their HTML (which they aren't doing now).

We're attempting to capture semantics in the examples. There is an
implicit statement that an album, song or podcast exists... but there is
NOT an explicit statement about the same.

-- manu

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