URN's and other things
- In investigating the dozens of RFC's regarding URN's I am realizing
the potential advantages and some of the pratfalls.
Based on a suggestion of one of an aggregator company tech guy, I have
been investigating the use of the <cite> tag to allow for citations
for congressional legislation. I had been working on a
tagging/namespace system for legislation previously. Examples below:
<cite id="urn:congress.gov:legisnum:109hr1000ih">H.R. 1000</cite>
I have found it relatively trivial to convert between the two. I have
found some advantages to the <cite> tag in terms of understanding that
the legislation is a document with a name. Either system allows for
making links to related to the document and since there is no official
online legislation (there is an existential understanding of what a
bill is, printed versus electronic versus the cartoon version--"I'm
only a bill, sitting here on Capitol Hill").
The use of the ISBN URN for books seems to be coming (and necessary to
stop the onslaught of commericially determined linking through
Microsoft SmartTags and Google Toolbar links).
The URN is likely to show up within Dublin Core tags including
dc:identifier and dc:subject, as well as in id tags for <cite> and
dc:creator possibilities where more than a name is to be conveyed.
Just some thoughts.
- DD wrote:
> Based on a suggestion of one of an aggregator company tech guy, I have<cite> is an HTML tag, btw, though that's not necessarily a problem. I
> been investigating the use of the <cite> tag to allow for citations
> for congressional legislation.
just wanted to point it out.
People often link to something they're citing, and that might make an
additional tag cumbersome, e.g.:
<a href="..."><cite>H.R. 1: The Act</cite></a>
<cite><a href="...">H.R. 1: The Act</a></cite>
Another idea is to tack on an attribute to an existing tag around the
<a href="..." rdf:resource="URI">H.R. 1: The Act</a>
If the citation isn't a link, a <span> tag could be used to host the
- Joshua Tauberer
** Nothing Unreal Exists **