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* It would be useful for autodiscovery puposes to be able to follow a network resolvabale UID and extract more metadata from the referenced UID. Having a well defined UID pattern would prevent an explosion of rel values: rel-vcard, rel-vevent, etc.
* It would be useful for autodiscovery puposes to be able to follow a network resolvabale UID and extract more metadata from the referenced UID. Having a well defined UID pattern would prevent an explosion of rel values: rel-vcard, rel-vevent, etc.
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* Efforts such as [http://unapi.info unAPI] have a real need for marking up identifiers so that they can be used for retrieving more detailed metadata.
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* Efforts such as [http://unapi.info unAPI] have a real need for marking up identifiers so that they can be used for retrieving identified objects.
* Greasemonkey and other browser based scripts could make real use of URIs found in pages as opposed to resorting to elaborate regexen. See Jon Udell's  [http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/stories/2002/12/11/librarylookup.html LibraryLookup] project.
* Greasemonkey and other browser based scripts could make real use of URIs found in pages as opposed to resorting to elaborate regexen. See Jon Udell's  [http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/stories/2002/12/11/librarylookup.html LibraryLookup] project.

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UID Brainstorming

This page is for brainstorming about ideas, proposals, constraints, requirements for a UID microformat.

Authors

Experience

Goals Requirements

Thoughts

UIDs that are URLs

It seems like in the 80% case (perhaps 99.99% case on the Web), a UID is going to be a URL, thus a common pattern will likely be things like:

<a class="url uid" href="http://example.com/contentspace/somenumber">the item</a>


SHOULD rather than MUST

A UID SHOULD be a URL rather than MUST. The UID microformat will ordinarily be a URL, but it should be flexible enough to allow it to contain non-network resolvable URIs.

UID + URL -> permalink?

Can you infer that if something is a URL and a UID that it is also a permalink? It seems so. I can't think of any semantic of "permalink" that isn't covered by the union of the semantics of URL and UID.

abbr pattern

Use the abbr-design-pattern to allow identifiers to be more fully described.

<abbr class="uid" title="urn:isbn:0950788120">0 9507881-2-0</abbr>

HTML ID attribute

How does/doesn't the ID attribute from HTML fit into all this? Can it be repurposed to help here?

Proposals

Just use UID from hCard

Create a URI microformat

References

See Also

Related Discussion

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