[uf-discuss] abbr-design-pattern within microformat attribute values

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Tue Jan 1 07:06:19 PST 2008

I have a page at:


which uses the prototype "species" microformat.

Operator returns for example:

        trinominal=Mergus m. merganser

from source code:

        <span class="trinominal">
          <abbr title="merganser">m.</abbr>

which I would have expected to return:

        trinominal=Mergus merganser merganser

since that is the "semantic" meaning of the cited source-code.

However, I don't think the abbr-design-pattern specification is clear on
this point.

Am I correct? If so, should the abbr-design-pattern specification be
updated, and/or an appropriate example be included?

How do other parsers handle embedded abbr, in other microformats, such
as, say:

        <span class="street-address">
          New John
          <abbr title="Street">St.</abbr>

(a real example; compare: <http://tinyurl.com/2kcqv2> &

Andy Mabbett

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