[uf-discuss] Re: xfn and biographies

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Sun Jan 27 00:45:41 PST 2008

In message <610EF28D-0476-4707-A55E-37E23D90B74A at eatyourgreens.org.uk>,
Jim O'Donnell <jim at eatyourgreens.org.uk> writes

>On 26 Jan 2008, at 19:07, Andy Mabbett wrote:

>> That sounds like a situation where you would use the putative
>>"citation" microformat which will hopefully include an "author" or
>>"creator" property, utilising hCard.
>I'm thinking, at the moment, of avoiding hCard completely in the
>letters themselves,

Why? It adds good, semantic mark-up.

>basically to avoid all the horrible issues of  ambiguity and
>irregularity of names. For example, where Flinders  signs this letter
>'Matt'w Flinders'

What's ambiguous about:

        <abbr class="given-name" title="Matthew">Matt'w</abbr> ?

You should be using ABBR in such cases, even if you're not using

>I'll just mark that link up using rel="tag", where the tag URL points
>to the biography currently at
>then use hCard to mark up Flinders as a person on that page. I think
>what I'm saying is have one hCard per person on the site, which is  the
>biography page, then link to those hCards as tags within the  letters.
>That seems a lot easier than faffing around with citations  and
>different types of hCard.

It may be easier, but is it better?

Andy Mabbett

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