Re: [webfinger] Registration of a URN for WebFinger Properties

Melvin Carvalho <> Fri, 11 October 2013 15:01 UTC

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Subject: Re: [webfinger] Registration of a URN for WebFinger Properties
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On 11 October 2013 01:41, Paul E. Jones <> wrote:

>  Melvin,
>    There are also properties, and I've not seen any described formally
>> anywhere.  I've defined a ones I find useful:
> Regarding name, just from the top of my head (I didnt include PoCo,
> OpenSocial, PIM, DOAP, but you could search for them)
> Remember that link relations predate webfinger by over 5 years.  It's
> often better to reuse than to reinvent.
> I agree, though none of these are designed for use in WebFinger.  So, I
> created my own.  You can't point to something 5 years old and declare I'm
> reproducing it because there is some syntax scribbling that has the word
> "name" associated with it.
> What I defined in the link above for "name", for example, is somewhere
> between foaf:name and the one related to vcard.  WebFinger has a registry
> for identifiers now.  It would be good to see that get populated with
> useful items, though I would not recommend putting everything one might
> possibly put into a vcard in there.  If a vcard is essential, the vcard
> link relation should be published in a WF JRD and a client query that.
> However, there are basic things like "name" that are very useful, such as
> when you log into a web site and that site would like to display
> your avatar and name.  The avatar already has a defined LR value under
>  The person's name does not have a defined property
> identifier anywhere, except the one I specified under

Ah I see what you've done, you've added some internationalization, ie one
URI for each language?  Apart from that are there any differences to FOAF
(by the way FOAF already has standards for internationalization)

Wouldnt this lead to potentially dozens of new URIs, per term, for example,
for a different one for every language supported?

> Paul