So address tags are rubbish for microformat hCards?Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 at 6:27 pm
Did I mention that you learn something new every day? I just answered a question on CSS discuss about styling BR elements in andADDRESS element (don’t ask) and got all microformaty by offering spans inside the address with all kind of [link:http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard,hCard] goodness as the solution.
I thought I was in the know as even Tantek used them in his [link:http://tantek.com/presentations/2005/03/elementsofxhtml/,elements of XHTML] presentations. However, [link:http://intranation.com,Bradley Wright,friend colleague] turned around with a smile on his face and told me that ADDRESS is bad choice for a hCard, as when you look at the [link:http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/,specs of HTML 4.01], you find in the [link:http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/struct/global.html#h-7.5.6,ADDRESS section]:
The ADDRESS element may be used by authors to supply contact information for a document or a major part of a document such as a form. This element often appears at the beginning or end of a document.
Which means it is semantically there to provide a contact option for this document, and
not for a physical location. Brad, of course had this from another person that has too much time to read the specs: [link:http://cackhanded.net/,Mark Norman Francis,friend colleague met muse] as they had argued about that earlier because of an hCard integration in a company property.
So, is this the end of ADDRESS? Seeing
that it is an inline element, I always considered it a bad choice for marking up an address anyways.
We were too late with this discussion, actually. [link:http://microformats.org/discuss/mail/microformats-discuss/2005-June/000013.html,Tantek explained the logic of it in 2005 on the microformats list] and it is also [link:http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard-faq#Should_I_use_ADDRESS_for_hCards,part of the hCard FAQ].
Dear me, bad research on my behalf.