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Date of Death in hCard

Work relating to the proposal to add a "date of death" field to hCard 1.0.

This would be of particular, but not exclusive, benefit for hCards used within a Genealogy microformat.

Deceased indicator

  • There is no way to mark up a person as being deceased - either by a "deceased" flag or date-of-death. A workaround: add the tag/category "deceased". See also mailing list post on tagging for 'deceased'
    • -1 Tantek: I think tags/categories are good enough for now.
    • +1 Andy Mabbett: Tags are often not appropriate, as per the cited e-mail. DoD is more specific (and often used in real life biographies and obituaries e.g van Gogh on Wikipedia). Note also Wikipedia's Persondata which aligns very closely with hCard, but has additional date and place of birth & death fields. Andy Mabbett 13:06, 28 Jan 2007 (PST)
    • +1 for date-of-death Ciaran McNulty: Date-of-death is useful information in some applications (specifically genealogy).
    • -1 for 'deceased' flag Ciaran McNulty: Tagging can cover this sort of binary flag.

Date of Death evidence

See also: Genealogy Examples

New vCard Spec

The draft specification for vCard 4.0 introduces a DDAY property for recording the date of a contact's death. Currently hCard 1.0 only covers vCard 3.0, but authors are free to use additional class names as desired. So authors may mark up date of death using a "dday" class, but should not necessarily expect parsers to recognise it.

Related pages

The hCard specification is a work in progress. As additional aspects are discussed, understood, and written, they will be added. These thoughts, issues, and questions are kept in separate pages.