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Re: Why not vCard?

From: Rich Tibbett <rich.tibbett@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 14:39:46 +0200
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=ibvX5owAt7oGzB8kf6VgcwuxmWmxAD9ze0=Ys@mail.gmail.com>
To: Renato Iannella <renato@iannella.it>
Cc: Rich Tibbett <richt@opera.com>, public-device-apis@w3.org, Renato Iannella <ri@semanticidentity.com>
On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 2:36 PM, Rich Tibbett <rich.tibbett@gmail.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 2:23 AM, Renato Iannella <renato@iannella.it>wrote:
>
>>
>> On 9 Sep 2010, at 18:45, Rich Tibbett wrote:
>>
>> > My current plan was to stick with the basic Portable Contacts set
>> included in the spec and then provide clear extension guidelines for
>> developers to provide the larger set of OpenSocial properties as required.
>>
>> Why are these Open Social properties so important in a users *address*
>> book ?
>> eg: heroes, pets, turnOffs, turnOns, scaredOf, happiestWhen, bodyType,
>> tvShows...
>> Do you really want to put those explicitly in the API?
>>
>
> They are not explicitly included in the current API.
>
> Shouldn't they (and everyone else's) be available via an extension
>> mechanism?
>>
>
> That is what I proposed above.
>
> They are not included in the current API with the exception of a note
> saying that they still need to be considered. The proposal is to do that as
> part of general extension guidelines. If we could fully define these
> extension properties before they get used then the cost is less than not
> specifying anything at all.
>
>
>>
>> Contacts API should aim for the core - based on the most widely used
>> *industry* *standard*.
>>
>
> It is my understanding that with the exception of 'connected', 'accounts'
> and the more detailed 'organisations' included in the current W3C spec we
> have a lossless mapping to the current vCard version 4.0 draft. Saying the
> W3C Contacts API maps to Portable Contacts at the expense of vCard is
> probably a misrepresentation of the actual content of the specification.
> That's with the exception of the note included in the spec regarding the
> under-speced OpenSocial attributes contained within Portable Contacts...that
> will be subsumed to an Extensions section of the spec anyway as per the
> current proposal.
>
> If I export from a Portable Contacts format to vCard and back to Portable
> Contacts I want whatever content was originally included to still be
> available, right? I have high hopes that the vCard Social Formats Extensions
> draft [1] will provide clear mappings for Portable Contacts properties to
> the vCard format to make the process of moving between these formats
> lossless and well-defined across both web services and devices.
>
> - Rich
>

[1] http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-george-vcarddav-vcard-extension-02
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