The hCard microformat can distinguish between a person and an organisation, by the use of the org property:
<span class="fn">Andy Mabbett</span>
<span class="fn org">The Red Cross</span>
but it cannot distinguish between an organisation and a place:
<span class="fn org">The Wembley Stadium fan club</span>
<span class="fn org">Wembley Stadium</span>
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.
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.