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

Chris Newell chris.newell at rd.bbc.co.uk
Fri Sep 14 08:22:11 PDT 2007

At 19:28 13/09/2007, Manu Sporny wrote:
>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... 

hCard tackles this problem by defining a list of "type" values (and a default).

However, this doesn't really solve the problem that few people specify the "type" explicitly.


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