[uf-discuss] Citation format straw proposal on the wiki

Michael McCracken michael.mccracken at gmail.com
Wed Mar 29 11:52:26 PST 2006

I just looked over the hcard spec again. 'fn' is formatted name, and
it implies another element 'n', which is required by the vCard spec.
In the XMDP profile for hCard, they refer us to this section of the
vCard RFC:

3.1.2 N Type Definition

   To: ietf-mime-directory at imc.org

   Subject: Registration of text/directory MIME type N

   Type name: N

   Type purpose: To specify the components of the name of the object the
   vCard represents.

   Type encoding: 8bit

   Type value: A single structured text value. Each component can have
   multiple values.

   Type special note: The structured type value corresponds, in
   sequence, to the Family Name, Given Name, Additional Names, Honorific
   Prefixes, and Honorific Suffixes. The text components are separated
   by the SEMI-COLON character (ASCII decimal 59). Individual text
   components can include multiple text values (e.g., multiple
   Additional Names) separated by the COMMA character (ASCII decimal
   44). This type is based on the semantics of the X.520 individual name
   attributes. The property MUST be present in the vCard object.

   Type example:



So I think this means we can use 'n' as well as of 'fn' for delimited
names in hCard:

<span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Hochstein, L</span>
<span class="n">Hochstein;L,Lorin;;Dr.,Ph.D.</span>

'fn' is really just the display value of 'n'...

Does anyone who knows more about hCard than me want to approve or correct that?


On 3/29/06, Alf Eaton <lists at hubmed.org> wrote:
> On 29 Mar 2006, at 14:34, Michael McCracken wrote:
> >   <span class="author vcard">
> >     <a class="fn">Lorin Hochstein</a>
> >   </span>
> That's an interesting problem, because what happens if the authors
> names are in the format "Surname, Initials". Do you have to use an
> abbreviation?
> alf.
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Michael McCracken
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