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Re: Indicating main entity / primaryTopic - proposal to use 'schema.org/about'

From: Dan Scott <dan@coffeecode.net>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 14:21:26 -0400
To: Jarno van Driel <jarnovandriel@gmail.com>
Cc: Jocelyn Fournier <jocelyn.fournier@gmail.com>, Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com>, W3C Web Schemas Task Force <public-vocabs@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20140521182124.GA449@denials>
On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 02:04:20PM +0200, Jarno van Driel wrote:
>I was wondering, can an entity also have multiple @about properties?
>I ask because when chaining multiple entities to a WebPageElement, to me it
>seems the following is the logical thing to do:
><body itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/WebPage">
>    ...
>    <div itemprop="hasPart" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/WPSideBar">
>        <div itemprop="about" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/ContactPoint">...</div>
>        <div itemprop="about" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/ItemList">...</div>
>    </div>
>    ...
>Or would @hasPart or @mentions be prefered over @about?

I'm not going to offer any advice about whether "hasPart" or "mentions"
might be preferred here, but you can certainly have multiple "about"
properties for a single entity.

See the example for http://schema.org/MedicalScholarlyArticle - "about"
is used twice, because the article is about a type of drug and
about a type of medical condition.

The cardinality of schema.org properties appears to be a FAQ dating back
to at least 2011 (http://www.w3.org/2011/webschema/track/issues/5); we
should probably add an explicit statement to
http://schema.org/docs/gs.html or http://schema.org/docs/faq.html (or
both) saying that you can, in general, repeat properties in schema.org
entities as necessary.
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