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[Bug 11562] address tag definition has no relation to it's name

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Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:00:47 +0000
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Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com> changed:

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--- Comment #1 from Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com> 2010-12-16 16:00:46 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #0) 
> 1. HTML needs a tag to specify a location, as this is a common meaningful
> information.


> It is absurd that the only way for us as developers do this is by
> 3rd party data structures, sch as microformats or microdata.


> 3. The specification tells us that the tag should be used for contact
> information. That has nothing to do with the word "address", which makes the
> document very vague. A "contact" tag would be much more appropriate.

What is the ultimate difference between "contact information" and "an address
location, virtual or physical", in your view?

> Another important point is that the phrase "contact information" is a little
> too vague. It can easily stretch to a point where any existing address can be
> considered a contact information.

The key is not that it is "contact information" but that it is a contact
information for an author responsible for the document or section.

> As a side note, I have seen the tag used as a location indicator on many
> accounts,

Do you have data that it is used to mean "an address or
location, virtual or physical" more often than contact information for authors?

> and have seen search engines recognize it as such.

Which search engines? Can you prove that they are recognizing it as a "an
address or
location, virtual or physical" as opposed to author contact information? In
particular, how do you know they are recognizing the element rather than the
contents of the element (i.e. just picking up on text that looks like a
postcode or whatever)?

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