This page is for brainstorming about various uses and details of XFN - The XHTML Friends Network.
Extending family relationships
The XFN: Background page says:
We considered adding "grandparent," but in the end dropped the term because it seemed unlikely to be used in the near future. It may appear in future versions of XFN.
Presumably the assumption is that a grandparent won't have a website, but:
- I think it's important in some situations to capture the age difference in a relationship in a way that @rel="kin" doesn't seem to.
- Even if they don't maintain it themselves (or are deceased) there might be a URL that does a good job of representing a person.
Consider a site about one's family tree. It might have something like:
I can trace my family back to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_I_of_England/"> William the conqueror. </a>
In these cases it would be useful to have @rel="ancestor", and perhaps a corresponding @rel="descendant". -CiaranMc