How microformat developments are blocked

The hCard microformat can distinguish between a person and an organisation, by the use of the org property:


<div class="vcard">
<span class="fn">Andy Mabbett</span>
</div>


<div class="vcard">
<span class="fn org">The Red Cross</span>
</div>

but it cannot distinguish between an organisation and a place:


<div class="vcard">
<span class="fn org">The Wembley Stadium fan club</span>
</div>


<div class="vcard">
<span class="fn org">Wembley Stadium</span>
</div>

treating them both as organisations.

On 31 December 2007, I described a way in which hCard microformat could be used to differentiate between hCards for places and organisations.

On 9 January 2008, having received favourable comment, I made a formal proposal to update the hCard specification.

Despite this ten-day gap, Brian Suda, one of the microformats “admins”, the cabal who control microformats, complained that he’d only had two days to consider the matter, and that “More time is needed to fully look over the implications of this change.”

No objections to the method, nor issues with it, have been raised.

Toby Inkster’s superb microformats parser Swignition (formerly called “Cognition”) has supported the method since version 0.1-alpha8, released in May 2008.

One year on from my formal proposal, what changes have been made to the hCard specification, in this regard? None.

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One Response to “How microformat developments are blocked”

  1. Guy Carberry Says:

    Interesting, I share your thoughts on this limitation myself. Not sure why it’s been overlooked. I often find myself having to add additional classes to microformats to make them more meaningful, fully aware that nothing will digest them but at least they are human-readable.

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