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[Bug 7682] link tag: rel: associate pages about the same organization across many sites

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--- Comment #5 from Nick Levinson <Nick_Levinson@yahoo.com>  2009-09-26 21:22:05 ---
hCard and FOAF are too limiting, as discussed in Bug 7681 Comment 5, and don't
do what canonical-organization would. For example, FOAF and hCard each lack 3
of the 4 fields I proposed for the link element rel.

Arguably, effort can go into amending hCard and/or FOAF, but that seems more
complicated, partly because there appears to be a commitment to maintaining a
nearly 1:1 relationship with vCard, which self-describes as stable, while FOAF
is oriented to online communities, requiring overcoming that to generalize its
use. Amending the HTML5 provision with equal effect is easier in simply adding
a new rel value and adding to where Web designers are likelier to see it

One difficulty with my proposal is that an organizational headquarters is often
inconsistently identified between the functionally dominant one (e.g., where
the CEO sits) and the legal one (e.g., according to incorporation law), but
that's probably solvable with headquarters-main and headquarters-legal.

Thank you.


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