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Representative hCard Issues

These are externally raised issues about representative hCards with broadly varying degrees of merit. Thus some issues are rejected for a number of obvious reasons (but still documented here in case they are re-raised), and others contain longer discussions. Some issues may be accepted and perhaps cause changes or improved explanations in the spec.

Submitted issues may (and probably will) be edited and rewritten for better terseness, clarity, calmness, rationality, and as neutral a point of view as possible.

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resolved issues

    1. Some CMSs (including vanilla MediaWiki) allow neither the use of rel or class on links.
      • Possible solution - allow class="representative vcard" or similar. Andy Mabbett 15:54, 2 Feb 2008 (PST)
      • ACCEPTED FAQ. Update MediaWiki install with a version that allows the use of rel or class on links or use one of the MediaWiki plugins that does so.

closed issues

2009-06-06 raised by Ciantic

  • Translated content. "Work" in Finnish is "Työ", "Preferred" is "suositeltava", how am I supposed to do that?

I propose following syntax, btw "content" attribute is used commonly elsewhere for this too:

    <span class="tel"><span class="type" content="work">Työ</span>
      (<span class="type" content="pref">suositeltava</span>):
      <span class="value">+1.415.555.1212</span>
    • CLOSED DUPLICATE. This is an hCard issue not a representative hCard issue, and is a duplicate of an issue raised by James Craig in 2007. The summary of the resolution is: The use of abbr and title attribute to provide an alternate language representation rather than an abbreviation expansion falls outside the semantics of abbr. The value-class-pattern has been devised as a solution to this problem, to avoid the semantic mis-use of abbr for this instance. E.g. see the first example in the value class pattern: using value-title section.
    1. hCards will not always include a URL (to be expanded)
      • Possible solution - allow class="representative vcard" or similar. Andy Mabbett 15:44, 2 Feb 2008 (PST)
      • REJECTED THEORETICAL. Links to a real world example of an hCard without a URL are required to devise an appropriate solution, otherwise solutions may be (overly) addressing a theoretical problem.
    1. Not all representative hCards are about people; some are about organisations or venues, so cannot use rel="me" (see, for example that for the BBFO, one of several on
      • Possible solution - allow class="representative vcard" or similar. Andy Mabbett 16:03, 2 Feb 2008 (PST)
      • REJECTED UNNECESSARY. The url=uid=source option works for representing hCards about organizations and venues.


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