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OFF - OpenFriendFormat Draft

OFF (OpenFriendFormat) is an extension of the XFN (XHTML Friends Network) microformat

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Draft Specification

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Abstract

OFF allows for the standardization and transparency of the user experience between importation and exportation of contacts from various social networks. OFF allows for social network to implement a standardized way of importing contacts and discovering new relationships between new and existing users. It also allows for sites to generate documents detailing the relationship between people on different social networks

Consuming

To consume OFF parse it as standard XHTML. A FOSS PHP library is in the works in order to facilitate parsing.

Generating

The point of an aggregate generator is that given, for example, user dominatus on Digg, returns a list of all other known profiles and friends that exist for this user. In this way, developers of new social networks can use aggregate generators in order to discover friendships for people signing up and suggest new relationships when possible. Aggregate generators should also be able to support the ability to search all networks given a particular handle.

Format

OFF consists of an unordered list with embedded XFN (XHTML Friends Network) links. It also allows for embedded avatars inside the list items as well. Any valid XFN links are also valid in OFF.

Structure Module

 body, head, html, title

List Module

 ul, li

Hypertext Module

 a

Image Module

 img

Properties on Elements

Required Properties

All ul elements should have a class "openfriendformat" to allow for styling of the microformat. Furthermore, all ul's should have an id that is in the format group# and counts up starting at 0 (i.e. group0, group1, group2).

All li elements must have a class equal to the network name. For guidelines on what the network name is, see the section #Network Names.

Adding an OpenID

To add an OpenID add an XFN link inside an li element and give the li element a class name of openid

Adding an Avatar

To add an avatar for a user put an img tag with a source to the avatar and a class name of avatar inside the li element after the XFN.

Parameters to Generate OFF

Network Names

The network name is a class inside each li element. It is also used in the query string to generate an OFF. If you are a social network creating a single instance generator, you may use any name you want for your network, but it should be logical and must be lowercase (so Twitter should use twitter, since that is the most logical name). For OpenID's a network of "openid" must be used.

The network query term is only necessary for aggregate generators. The "all" term must return all social networks aggregated. When a query requests "all" networks, the results must be grouped logically. (See #Grouping for more details). Single instance generators should treat the network term as if it was always "all". If the network is specified, (e.g. &network=digg) then only results from the Digg network and OpenID should be returned. When indexing sites, if the sites use OFF, use the network name they have in their OFF document. If they do not, and you are manually indexing them, use your best judgment. A list of recommended network names for popular networks not currently using OFF will be provided below:

Grouping

When an aggregate site receives an "all" network parameter then the results it sends back must be grouped logically. That is, if the aggregate site knows that accounts on two different networks are the same person then they should be in the same ul group. If they do not know if the accounts are the same person then they should be separated into different groups.


Examples

Aggregation Example with One Group

<ul class='openfriendformat' id='group0'>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/dominatus' rel='me'>dominatus</a></li>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/minamhere' rel='contact'>minamhere</a></li>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/nodono01' rel='contact'>nodono01</a></li>
    <li class='delicious'><a href='http://del.icio.us/dominatus' rel='me'>dominatus</a></li>
    <li class='delicious'><a href='http://del.icio.us/ashafer' rel='contact'>ashafer</a></li>
    <li class='delicious'><a href='http://del.icio.us/minamhere' rel='contact'>minamhere</a></li>
    <li class='digg'><a href='http://digg.com/users/dominatus/profile' rel='me'>dominatus</a></li>
    <li class='digg'><a href='http://digg.com/users/bonzodurer3/profile' rel='contact'>bonzodurer3</a></li>
    <li class='digg'><a href='http://digg.com/users/dmar875/profile' rel='contact'>dmar875</a></li>
    <li class='myspace'><a href='http://myspace.com/dominatusx' rel='me'>dominatusx</a></li>
    <li class='myspace'><a href='http://www.myspace.com/16867710' rel='contact'>rhiannon </a></li>
    <li class='myspace'><a href='http://www.myspace.com/134345434' rel='contact'>Dana</a></li>
</ul>

Aggregation Example with Multiple Groups

<ul class='openfriendformat' id='group0'>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/dominatus' rel='me'>dominatus</a></li>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/minamhere' rel='contact'>minamhere</a></li>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/nodono01' rel='contact'>nodono01</a></li>
    <li class='delicious'><a href='http://del.icio.us/dominatus' rel='me'>dominatus</a></li>
    <li class='delicious'><a href='http://del.icio.us/ashafer' rel='contact'>ashafer</a></li>
    <li class='delicious'><a href='http://del.icio.us/minamhere' rel='contact'>minamhere</a></li>
    <li class='digg'><a href='http://digg.com/users/dominatus/profile' rel='me'>dominatus</a></li>
    <li class='digg'><a href='http://digg.com/users/bonzodurer3/profile' rel='contact'>bonzodurer3</a></li>
    <li class='digg'><a href='http://digg.com/users/dmar875/profile' rel='contact'>dmar875</a></li>
</ul>
<ul class='openfriendformat' id='group1'>
    <li class='myspace'><a href='http://myspace.com/dominatusx' rel='me'>dominatusx</a></li>
    <li class='myspace'><a href='http://www.myspace.com/16867710' rel='contact'>rhiannon </a></li>
    <li class='myspace'><a href='http://www.myspace.com/134345434' rel='contact'>Dana</a></li>
</ul>
<ul class='openfriendformat' id='group2'>
    <li class='lastfm'><a href='http://www.last.fm/user/dominatus' rel='me'>dominatus</a></li>
    <li class='lastfm'><a href='http://www.last.fm/user/scottso' rel='contact'>scottso</a></li>
</ul>

Example with OpenID

<ul class='openfriendformat' id='group0'>
    <li class='openid'><a href='http://dominatus.myopenid.com' rel='me'>Anthony Romano</a></li>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/dominatus' rel='me'>dominatus</a></li>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/minamhere' rel='contact'>minamhere</a></li>
</ul>

Example with Avatar

<ul class='openfriendformat' id='group0'>
    <li class='twitter'>
        <img class='avatar' src='http://assets3.twitter.com/images/default_profile_image_normal.gif?1187395531'>
        <a href='http://twitter.com/dominatus' rel='me'>dominatus</a>
    </li>
    <li class='twitter'><a href='http://twitter.com/minamhere' rel='contact'>minamhere</a></li>
</ul>

Implementations

This section is informative.

References

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off was last modified: Saturday, December 20th, 2008

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