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Re: vCard RDF merge....

From: Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:17:50 +0100
To: Renato Iannella <renato@nicta.com.au>
Cc: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>, Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>, Brian Suda <brian.suda@gmail.com>, www-archive@w3.org, "Martin Hepp (UniBW)" <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
Message-Id: <1246353470.1981.77.camel@ophelia2.g5n.co.uk>
On Tue, 2009-06-30 at 12:55 +1000, Renato Iannella wrote:
> 4 - We define mobileTel property but vCard calls this "cell" ?
> 5 - We define a mobileEmail and personalEmail and workEmail  
> properties, but there is no such semantics in vCard?
> 6 - I am not clear on the unlabeledAdr, unlabeledEmail, and  
> unlabeledTel properties we define? Are these to capture all the
> "old"  
> types in vCard like bbs-tel, parcel-adr etc?
> And, of course, we don't capture these as rdf properties in our  
> ontology?
> 7 - How to do handle vCard's preferred type? Ie I prefer my workTel  
> over my homeTel?

A while back I wrote a little RDF vocab that extended the 2006 vCard
vocab. It introduces a few extra terms which I thought were useful,
mostly taken from the vCard 4.0 drafts at the time. e.g. a "lang"
property to indicate languages spoken by the person represented.

One other thing it has though is a more vCard-like way of representing
telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc.

Instead of:

	_:me a v:VCard ;
	     v:fn "Alice Smith" ;
	     v:workTel <tel:+44-7700-900123> ;
	     v:mobileTel <tel:+44-7700-900123> .

It uses:

	_:me a v:VCard ;
	    v:fn "Alice Smith" ;
	    v:tel [
		    a vx:Tel ;
		    rdf:value <tel:+44-7700-900123> ;
		    vx:usage "work" , "mobile"
		] .

My primary motivation was to be able to represent the data in the hCard
microformat in a way more closely related to the type+value structure of
hCard communications devices.

It's not perfect (it breaks the "range" of the 2006 v:tel, v:email and
v:label properties; and vx:usage should probably take a non-literal
value) but perhaps some of the ideas there could be incorporated into
the merged RDF vCard. In particular it should address all of the points

> 8 - I assume we don't  wish to support Bag, Seq, Alt anymore.....but 
> just support rdf:list?

I don't know why we even would want to support rdf:List? 

Rather than:

	<rdf:Description rdf:about="#me">

Just use:

	<rdf:Description rdf:about="#me">

rdf:List only becomes especially useful when you want to indicate that
the set of values for a property is a closed set. The only useful
application I can see for it in vCard is to represent the structured
name data - i.e. I might want to have an rdf:List of my middle names, so
that people know exactly how many there are (in my case, one) and in
what order.

Toby A Inkster
Received on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 09:18:55 UTC

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