[microformats-discuss] hOffer

Emiliano Martinez Luque martinezluque at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 19:48:00 PDT 2005

All good then. 

I started writing some ideas but I couldn´t get much done yet. I will try to 
add it to the wiki tomorrow.

On another front, I see that there has been some activity regarding Location 
(which will come handy for this). Have Postal Codes been considered? I 
understand that the problems of Postal Codes are:

. it´s ambiguous data, since Postal Code '15456' might reffer to a location 
in the US, Tailand, Egipt, etc. 
. Postal Codes have different sintax according to country.

However a combination of Country Code (like the one for domain names, I 
believe there is an ISO for this) - Postal Code should be considered.

for example: <abbr class="postalcode" title="US 90210">90210</abbr> (Please 
excuse the cheesy reference!)

would probable solve the issue, since:

. A Postal Code is precise within a Country´s Postal system. (I´m guessing 
this but otherwise would be Kafkian)
. One could parse the Postal Code side according to the Country side. Which 
would solve the syntax issues.

This may not be as sexy or precise as Latitude, Longitude coordinates but it 
would provide a simple, intuitive, easy to implement, non ambiguous, time 
tested, way of refering to locations.

What do you people think of this? I just wanted to add this to the 
discussion on locations, though I guess some further research is needed. 

I´ll try to add tomorrow what I´ve been working on.

Emiliano Martínez Luque

On 9/1/05, Ryan King <ryan at technorati.com> wrote: 
> On Sep 1, 2005, at 11:48 AM, Emiliano Martinez Luque wrote:
> > Thank you Dr. Prabhakar for answering and thank you Tantek for the
> > guidance and encouragement. I was a little scared that I might have
> > annoyed the people at this list. (Sometimes I try to sound polite
> > or humble and it ends up sounding rude. The worst part is I then
> > try to correct it and it comes out even worse. :-) And then I get
> > really paranoid... I guess I'm a little scared since I'm new to
> > this kind of thing and I have read and studied documents writen by
> > people on this list. So it's kind of scary. Well.. you know, There
> > is a human side to all of this!! :-).. )
> >
> >> <snip>
> >
> > Yes, a pattern seems to be emerging. This makes sense as
> > methodology. Will start working on this today. I hope Trevor will
> > be happy to join me and we will be able to get this going.
> Awesome.
> >> The next step, the art of taking that analysis and coming up with
> >> a proposed
> >> schema, is a bit more challenging and can often use the experience/
> >> expertise
> >> of someone who has done at least some format design. There are
> >> several such
> >> folks here, so once you have gotten the "listing-brainstorming"
> >> document to
> >> that point, ask again on this list, and hopefully one or more
> >> folks will
> >> help out.
> >
> > I was scared you were expecting us to get this all on our own!!!
> > (Or that I might have given that impression. )
> Yeah, this part is definitely the more difficult part. Let me know if
> you need any assistance.
> -ryan
> > Again Tantek thank you for your kindness and understanding. I'm
> > just a little insecure since I'm new to this kind of thing. I was
> > really scared I might freaked you people out. It's a relief to see
> > I didn't (or at least not that much) :-)
> >
> > Emiliano Martinez Luque
> > TheThingsIWant.com
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