[uf-new] Multi-paged XFN

David Janes davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Wed Mar 12 07:58:23 PST 2008

I'm just tossing an idea out for discussion (and to get it out of my head).

I've been looking recently at XFN as it's used "in the wild" as a
method of social network portability, or as Chris has probably more
correctly relabeled it, "portable contact lists" [1]. In several
cases, for example here [2]. Obviously this is a requirement to make
this _human usable_ but unfortunately without further assistance an
XFN parser is only going to get a fraction of the contact list. Not

HTML has rel= elements for paging through data: rel, next, index,
start and contents [3].

My thoughts:
- has something already been done and I'm missing it (if so: end here
;-) otherwise
- let's gather examples from the web, and start seeing how we can sort this out

I don't think this is an overly difficult project, maybe, hopefully. I
may just be a matter of defining how those link types work within the
context of a page or particular microformats. In particular, there's
probably an hAtom hfeed/fentry connection here too, and probably also
for contact lists. Maybe there's a need to define an (optional)
enclosing element, maybe there's not.

Regards, etc...

[1] http://factoryjoe.com/blog/2008/03/11/portable-contact-lists-and-the-case-against-xfn/
[2] http://twitter.com/statuses/friends/scobleizer.xml
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/types.html#type-links

David Janes
Founder, BlogMatrix

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