Vote on this: rel="me self" to indicate an authoritative hCard {was: Re: [uf-discuss] Authoritative hCards [was RE: Canonical hCards (was: Search on CSS element)]}

Ben Ward lists at
Thu Feb 8 11:38:31 PST 2007

On 8 Feb 2007, at 19:02, David Janes wrote:
> On 2/8/07, Ryan King <ryan at> wrote:
>> Nothing special is needed at /blog/contact/.
>> -ryan
> But that's the authoritative hCard. […]

> Sorry if this sounds pedantic, I'm not trying to be. There's some
> assumption in what you're saying that I'm not getting.

The difference in interpretation is this: You're looking to describe  
the *one true hcard*, to rule them all, bind them in the darkness and  
so on and so forth.

What Ryan is describing is *relative*. So linking with UID from one  
small hcard in the footer of to a larger, more  
complete hcard at is saying, very simply: ‘/ 
about is the authoritative hcard _of this hcard_’.

Now, to step back into this discussion after a little break, this use  
of UID solves *my* problem; a way to point from small snippet hCards  
that contain name/URL to larger ones which contain comprehensive  
contact details. I'm not trying to rule Middle Earth, just to say  
‘there's a more comprehensive hcard over here’. And for me, this  
would do the trick very nicely.

Of course, there's nothing to stop me linking _that_ ‘/about’ hCard  
to another one somewhere else; such practice should not be  
disallowed. But at this point, that could be getting out of 80:20.



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