[uf-discuss] Correct way to use the "key" property of hCard

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Mon Sep 17 16:21:59 PDT 2007

On Sep 17, 2007, at 3:54 PM, Ben Ward wrote:

> I don't know the answer to this particular problem, but:
> On 17 Sep 2007, at 22:23, Scott Reynen wrote:
>> <abbr class="type" title="PGP">public key</abbr>
> ‘PGP’ is not an abbreviation of ‘public key’.

<abbr> works the other way; the above suggests that "public key" is  
an abbreviation "PGP."  Whether or not that's true depends both on  
what we mean by "abbreviation" and on what the publisher means by  
"public key."  On the former definition, I'm personally in the  
"abbreviated information" camp, as opposed to the "abbreviated text  
length" camp.  On the latter, I was just speculating that "public  
key" implies "PGP" (a more information-dense, textually shorter term)  
among people more familiar with cryptography than myself.  I may be  
mistaken on either or both counts.  I may also be mistaken in my  
assumption that the key ID is an abbreviation for the key itself.   
Abbreviations are complicated.


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