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hReview issues

These are externally raised issues about hReview with broadly varying degrees of merit. Thus some issues are REJECTED for a number of obvious reasons (but still documented here in case they are re-raised), and others contain longer discussions. Some issues may be ACCEPTED and perhaps cause changes or improved explanations in the spec.

IMPORTANT: Please read the hReview FAQ before giving any feedback or raising any issues as your feedback/issues may already be resolved/answered.

Submitted issues may (and probably will) be edited and rewritten for better terseness, clarity, calmness, rationality, and as neutral a point of view as possible. Write your issues well. — Tantek

Please add new issues to the top of the list. Please follow-up to resolved/rejected issues with new information rather than resubmitting such issues. Duplicate issue additions will be reverted.

See related hCalendar issues and hCard issues.



OpenIssue 2005-01-04 by David Janes:

Atom defines rel="self" here

The value "self" signifies that the IRI in the value of the href attribute identifies a resource equivalent to the containing element.

HTML rel="boomark" here

Refers to a bookmark. A bookmark is a link to a key entry point within an extended document. The title attribute may be used, for example, to label the bookmark. Note that several bookmarks may be defined in each document.

Since we're using "bookmark" to mean the entry point to the hReview, isn't the "self" redundant or overly subtle?


  • open issue! 2006-03-22 raised by Fil
    1. the reviewer spec can't say For anonymous reviews, use "anonymous" (without quotes) for the full name of the reviewer. as this word ("anonymous") is going to be apparent on the page, and is not multilingual (and even in English someone might want to use another word, like "an anonymous coward")


  • open issue! 2006-04-04 raised by Evan.
    1. It doesn't seem possible to give an approximate, average, or absolute price of the product or service in question. Examples: for a piece of software, the suggested retail price. For a restaurant, average price of an entree, or a price range. Prices should almost definitely have a currency marker and an amount. Suggestion: <span class="price"><abbr class="currency" title="Canadian dollars">$</abbr><span class="amount">10.99</span></span>. For a range, <span class="pricerange"><span class="price"> ... </span> to <span class="price"> ... </span></span>.


Consider using this format (copy and paste this to the end of the list to add your issues; replace ~~~ with an external link if preferred) to report issues or feedback, so that issues can show up in hAtom subscriptions of this issues page. If open issues lack this markup, please add it.

Please post one issue per entry, to make them easier to manage. Avoid combining multiple issues into single reports, as this can confuse or muddle feedback, and puts a burden of separating the discrete issues onto someone else who 1. may not have the time, and 2. may not understand the issue in the same way as the original reporter.

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  • 2006-02-23 raised by Andy Mabbett
    1. Not all marks give ratings "out of five". The value should be a percentage. Zero should be allowed.
      • REJECTED IGNORES RESEARCH. Most real-world examples have a range of 1.0-5.0 not a percentage. You may set the "best" bound to 100 explicitly, and the "worst" bound to 0 explicitly per the spec if necessary.
      • "most" != "all"; indeed, the page you cite has examples of "1-10" and "0-100%". I never claimed that many examples use percentages, but I'm sure a mathematician would explain that values in the range "1-5" may be expressed as percentages.
      • REJECTED RTFM. Most examples are what the defaults are based on. Please re-read both the spec and the previous resolution, 1-10 is allowed (you have to explicitly set "best" to 10), and so is 0-100 (you have to explicitly set "worst" to 0 and "best" to 100).

Specification Clarifications

  • 2006-02-01 raised by Tantek.
    1. The spec needs to clarify that there is only one "item" per "hreview".
      • ACCEPTED. Resolved in hReview 0.3.

Date and Time

  • 2006-08-24 raised by Elias Sinderson
    1. Issue 1: (This is copied from the hcalendar-issues page, as it applies to hreview as well.) Although ISO 8601 allows both basic (sans delimiters) and extended formats, the extended format (where hyphens and colons are explicitly added) is broadly preferred for the web. While RFC 2445 specifies that the basic form be used in in iCalendar date / time fields, the W3C has published a technical note (submitted by Reuters), which recommends that the extended (delimited) format be used, and the HTML 4.0 spec uses the extended format. Further, RFC 3339 defines a ISO 8601 profile for dates and time representations on the internet that future specs SHOULD use; recommending a fully delimited representation (see sec. 5.6). Lastly, it should be noted that the xsd:date and xsd:dateTime types are specified as being the ISO 8601 extended format. So, given that hCalendar is based on iCalendar, it is understandable that it allows both formats, however this is clearly a case in which it would be very reasonable to require users to upconvert the format into the least ambiguous and most easily parsed / validated representation. Think of the children.
      • REJECTED. INCORRECT METHODOLOGY. "Require users to upconvert"?? No. We optimize for publishers (the "users" in this context) more than developers. Whenever you find yourself saying or even thinking "require users", you're probably thinking along the wrong lines of reasoning. In particular we have already made the decision/resolution to permit the broader range of datetime values permitted by RFC2445, and explicitly included some shortcuts (e.g. timezone offsets) specifically to make things easier for users.

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