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names Re: Underline element.

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 02:54:12 +0100
To: "Peter Krantz" <peter.krantz@gmail.com>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.t4z18mldwxe0ny@widsith.local>

On Mon, 14 Jan 2008 19:20:57 +0100, Peter Krantz <peter.krantz@gmail.com>  
wrote:

> On 1/14/08, Patrick Garies <pgaries@fastmail.us> wrote:
>>
>> Examples
>> <name lang="en-Latn"><given>Patrick</given> <sur>Garies</sur></name>
>> <name lang="en-Kana"><given>パタリック</given><sur>ゲリス< /sur></name>
>>
>
> Instead of introducing more elements this is easily done with RDFa.
> There is an established vocabulary (FOAF) that would enable your
> document to be used in a number of tools.
>
> See http://xmlns.com/foaf/spec/
>
> FOAF is currently about to include the properties firstName, givenname
> and surname.

I believe, for legacy support. The experience of using FOAF demonstrated  
that firstname and surname were dreadful ways of explaining the idea.  
People's names are among the more complicated types of data around  
(addresses are worse, unless you can explain "Yuendemu via Alice Springs  
0890", "behind the cinema, sector 32, chandigarh", a rural japanese  
address, and why "Roshine, Badaginnie" and "Innamincka, Warrenbayne" refer  
to consecutive mailboxes on a road).

Cheers

Chaals

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