[whatwg] Should <address> be more general-purpose?

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 27 00:03:49 PST 2007

Simon Pieters wrote:

> * Providing contact details of any type for any person or organisation.

Would generalizing address to that extent would prevent automated agents
being able to distinguish an <address> for a <article> (e.g. a blog
comment) from an <address> mentioned in a <article>? This would make it
more difficult to construct functionality for citing by or replying to
author. Creating an <author> element might help resolve that problem for
new content, but then agents would have to sniff content to work out
what sort of content was under investigation. A better alternative might
be a new element <contactinfo>, which is a more general name than
<address> and doesn't make old content more ambiguous.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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