[uf-discuss] UID URL to indicate (relatively) more authoritative hCard (Was: Vote on this: rel="me self" to indicate an authoritative hCard)

David Janes davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Thu Feb 8 14:29:44 PST 2007

On 2/8/07, David Janes <davidjanes at blogmatrix.com> wrote:
> On 2/8/07, Scott Reynen <scott at randomchaos.com> wrote:
> > So as I understand that, the rules for getting the most authoritative
> > hCard for a given URL are:
> >
> > 1) parse hCard at current URL
> > 2) If the hCard includes <a class="uid url">, load the URL in the
> > href, and return to step 1.
> >
> > When the consumer gets to http://theryanking.com/blog/contact/#vcard
> > and finds no <a class="uid url">, it stops there and that's his
> > authoritative hCard.
> OK (and I'm not trying to turn into Andy here), but doesn't this feel
> at least a little unsatisfactory? That the authoritative hCard is the
> one that _doesn't_ have a UID, i.e. potentially has less information
> than a fragment hCard?!
> I'm not killer against the idea or anything, but at least I think that
> should be brought up.
> Here's one potential usage snag:
> - I copy the hCard at http://theryanking.com/blog/contact/#vcard to my
> "address book"
> - I use it somewhere (to refer to Ryan King)
> - It doesn't have a UID, so there's no tracing it back to source

And to do the dreaded "answering own e-mail", here's an alternate:

- fragment hCards do not need to have "uid", just "url"
- consumers (if they're interested) can dereference that URL
- if there is a UID hCard at the URL, dereference it
- the dereferenced hCard is the authoritative one

(I'm totally skipping the multiple hCard/hCard-matching issue for brevity)

Regards, etc...

David Janes
Founder, BlogMatrix

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