[uf-discuss] hCard to represent simple entities (was: Tentative proposal...)

Jim O'Donnell jim at eatyourgreens.org.uk
Thu Jan 3 16:07:15 PST 2008

On 3 Jan 2008, at 23:04, Andy Mabbett wrote:

> For clarity, the former can be distilled to:
>         hCard is for representing people, companies, organizations,  
> and
>         places

Reference strings, in TEI markup at least, can also refer to the  
names of books, ships, plays, films and pretty much anything that can  
be given a name. hCard works for people and places, but is it general  
enough to cover those cases?

It would be handy to have a general method for preserving the  
semantics of the <rs> tag (http://tei.oucs.ox.ac.uk/Query/tag.xq? 
name=rs) when converting TEI documents to HTML for delivery over the  
web. Particularly the contents of the type attribute, which  
identifies what class of thing we are referencing. Very useful when  
digitising historical manuscripts, diaries and letters, for example.  
In the past we've converted <rs> to HTML links and left it to the  
reader to work out whether we're referring to a person, a place or a  
ship. For example, the links in this letter that we digitised years  
ago with TEI:


Jim O'Donnell
jim at eatyourgreens.org.uk

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