Re: Expected value for the author property

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From: Aaron Bradley <<>>
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM
To: Chilly Bang <<>>
Cc: David Deering <<>>, "<>" <<>>
Subject: Re: Expected value for the author property
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Resent-Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Further to Phil's point, you'll find this in the "Expected types, text, and URLs" section of the<> documentation [1]:

When browsing the<> types, you will notice that many properties have "expected types". This means that the value of the property can itself be an embedded item (see section 1d: embedded items). But this is not a requirement-it's fine to include just regular text or a URL.


On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:50 AM, Chilly Bang <<>> wrote:
Google wants to get from the web document a verifiable entities, so you is you want to provide any author information, you are free to use a set of author's properties like Person and Organization and rel="author" and itemprop="sameAs", which can be putted together in any combination. E.g. something like:

<div itemscope="" itemtype=">

<span itemprop="url"></span>
<link rel="author" href="" />
<span itemprop="sameAs"></span>



Von: David Deering <<>>
Gesendet: 2:06 Freitag, 21.März 2014
Betreff: Expected value for the author property

Maybe this is an oversight on my part that I didn't notice it before this week or maybe this is a recent change, but I noticed that on the<> page as well as on other pages, the expected value for the author property is Person or Organization.  For a long time, the author's name was simply declared with text, and the examples that exist on<> as well as in Google's rich snippet guidelines all show the value of the author property as text.  So is this a new standard, and when using the author property, is the expected value now a Person or Organization?  And will declaring the author simply with text no longer suffice?

Also interesting is the author property's definition:  The author of this content. Please note that author is special in that HTML 5 provides a special mechanism for indicating authorship via the rel tag. That is equivalent to this and may be used interchangeably.  If I understand this correctly, it would seem that this is stating that the author could be declared by using the rel=author tag.  But could someone please explain this definition a little more as well as how the author property could/should be declared moving forward, either with or without the rel tag?  Maybe some examples would be nice.  :-)

Thanks in advance.


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