[uf-discuss] seeking clarification w/r/to hCard and RFCs 2425/2426

brian suda brian.suda at gmail.com
Mon Mar 27 13:17:36 PST 2006

IN RFC 2426 (vCard) it saws in the overview:
The [MIME-DIR (RFC 2425)] document defines a MIME Content-Type for holding
   different kinds of directory information. The directory information
   can be based on any of a number of directory schemas. This document
   defines a [MIME-DIR (RFC 2425)] usage profile for conveying directory
   information based on one such schema; that of the white-pages type of
   person object.

so vCard is a subset of MIME-DIR.

What are you trying to accomplish with directories that would be out of
the scope of hCard?


C. Hudley wrote:
> hCard clearly states that it is "a 1:1 representation of the vCard
> standard (RFC2426)".  I have an application for which a slightly
> broader directory structure might be useful, to include directory
> entries for things like machine protocols and data formats.  If I
> understand the relationship between RFC 2425 and RFC 2426 correctly,
> this might call more appropriately for use of another profile defined
> under 2425 apart from the vCard profile defined in 2426.
> So far I think I understand all that... please correct me if I'm mistaken.
> If that's correct, I thought at first that it might be good if I could
> simply shoehorn the directory information I need into hCard, as the
> meanings of various attributes and their values *could* roughly
> translate adequately.  This seems to be the microformatic way.
> But, hCard also explicitly states that it is a "contact information
> format for people, companies, and organizations".  So if I used it for
> directory information about anything other than people, companies, or
> organizations, it might be incorrect, or, at least, be misinterpreted
> by code intended to more strictly follow the intent of hCard (e.g.,
> you might not really want to use the magic web clipboard to save
> protocol references into your desktop addressbook).
> I didn't find any discussion of this issue during a closer look around
> microformats.org and the archives of this list a while back.  Has
> anyone run across it, and if so, how have you dealt with it?
> My apologies if I've missed anything more recent on this... I haven't
> been able to follow or participate as closely as I'd have liked or had
> promised for a few months.
> Thanks.
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> C. Hudley
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