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


           Summary: address tag definition has no relation to it's name
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5: The Markup Language (editor: Michael(tm) Smith)
        AssignedTo: mike@w3.org
        ReportedBy: arieh.glazer@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,

I wanted to comment on the definition of the address tag. 
I recommend that the address tag will be used to describe an address or
location, virtual or physical. 
Following are the reasons why I think this is important.
There are 3 main issues:

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. 

2. As I see it, literally speaking, the address tag indicates it's content has
something to do with an address, or a location. Making it mean something else
entirely is completely counter-intuitive. 

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.

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.

As a side note, I have seen the tag used as a location indicator on many
accounts, and have seen search engines recognize it as such. If we take the H5
philosophy of describing what is as well as innovating, the address tag should
be allowed to contain addresses, as it already does in reality.

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Received on Thursday, 16 December 2010 12:50:26 UTC